Former test cricketer Andrew Symonds dies in car accident

Former Australian Test cricketer Andrew Symonds has died in a single accident near Townsville in northeastern Australia. He was 46.

Cricket Australia reported Symond’s death on its website on Sunday, citing a police statement detailing the accident late Saturday night.

It described Symonds as “a cult hero at the peak of his international playing career and one of the most skilled all-rounder Australian cricket has seen.”

“The Queenslander was a larger-than-life figure who drew a widespread fan base during his peak years for not only his hard-hitting mannerisms but also his larrikin persona.”

Symonds played 26 Test matches for Australia and posted two centuries, but he was better known as a limited specialist. He played 198 one-day internationals for Australia and won two World Cups.

After retiring as a player, Symonds became a popular commentator for cricket broadcasters.

Queensland Police said the accident occurred at the Hervey Range, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Townsville.

“Early information indicates that the car was driven on Hervey Range Road shortly after 11pm, near Alice River Bridge, when it left the roadway and rolled,” a police statement said. “The rescue service tried to revive the 46-year-old driver and lone rider. But he died of his injuries.”

Symond’s family appealed for privacy.

Former Australian captain Allan Border was among those who paid tribute to Symonds on Sunday.

Border said that Symonds “hit the ball far and just wanted to entertain.

“He was kind of an old-fashioned cricketer,” Border told Nine Network. “He was an adventurer, loved his fishing, he loved hiking, camping, people liked his very relaxed style.”

That style brought Symonds into conflict with authorities late in his career. In 2008, he missed Australia’s one-day series against Bangladesh after fishing when he had to attend a team meeting. He was also disciplined before the 2009 World Cup in 2009 for violating the rules of law regarding alcohol.

With dreadlocks and a face covered in zinc cream, Symonds always cuts a flamboyant figure in the Australian team.

His loss is another bitter blow to Australian cricket following the death in Thailand in March of legendary leg spinner Shane Warne. Wicketkeeper Rod Marsh also died in March, aged 74.

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