Former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds dies in car crash

Former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds has died in a car crash in Queensland.

On Sunday, several media outlets reported the death of the 46-year-old man who used to live near Townsville.

Citing a statement from his family confirming his death, The Australian newspaper reported that Symonds was involved in a car crash late Saturday night.

Police released a statement saying they were investigating a fatal one-car crash in Hervey Range, about 50 kilometers from Townsville, on Saturday night.

“Early information indicates that shortly after 11pm the vehicle was traveling on Hervey Range Road, near the Alice River Bridge when it left the road and veered,” the statement read.

Emergency services tried to revive the 46-year-old driver and the only passenger, but he succumbed to his injuries.

“Forensic crash unit is investigating.”

Symonds played 26 Tests for Australia and was a crowd favorite in the short format game as a top player.

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

Border said Symonds “hit the ball a long way and just wanted to have fun.

“He was, in a way, a fairly old-fashioned cricketer,” Border told Nine Network. “He was adventurous, I love hunting, I love hiking and camping. People loved his very relaxed style.”

This style brought Symonds into a power struggle late in his career. In 2008, he missed Australia’s one-day series against Bangladesh after going fishing when he was required to attend a team meeting. He was also disciplined prior to the 2009 Twenty20 World Cup for breaching team rules around alcohol.

With dreadlocks and his face covered in zinc cream, Symonds has always been a flamboyant figure on the Australian team.

Black Cap Luc Ronchy, in an interview on Sunday before his team traveled to England for their much-anticipated series there, talked about playing with Symonds.

Ronchi, who was born in Australia, traveled with Symonds on one tour. “It was great to get to know and understand him,” Ronchi said. “It’s sad news that you never want to see or expect to see and something that a lot of people will feel deeply about.”

Symonds’ loss is another bitter blow to Australian cricket following the death of legendary leggy player Shane Warren in Thailand in March. Wicket keeper Rod Marsh also died in March at the age of 74.

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