AUSTRALIAN cricket legend Andrew Symonds has tragically died after a car accident near Townsville, Queensland.
According to Queensland Police, the accident was a single-car crash at around 11pm local time on Saturday night.
Australian cricket legend Andrew Symonds has tragically died after a car crash in Queensland
AFPSymonds pictured with Michael Vaughan at Shane Warne’s funeral in March[/caption]
PA:Press AssociationSymonds was a crucial part of the Australia teams that won ODI World Cups in 2003 and 2007[/caption]
A police statement read: “Early information indicates, shortly after 11pm the car was being driven on Hervey Range Road, near Alice River Bridge when it left the roadway and rolled.
“Emergency services attempted to revive the 46-year-old driver and sole occupant, however, he died of his injuries.
“The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.”
Symonds was said to be driving near the Alice River Bridge, around 50kms from Townsville, when his car left the road and rolled.
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Paramedics at the scene could not revive the fans’ favourite and he died from his injuries.
Tributes poured in from the cricket with former Australia captain Mark Taylor saying it is “another tragic day for cricket”.
Wicketkeeping great Adam Gilchrist wrote on social media: “This really hurts”.
Former team-mate Jason Gillespie wrote: “Horrendous news to wake up to. Utterly devastated. We are all gonna miss you mate.”
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Symonds. affectionately known as ‘Roy’, played 26 Tests for Australia between 2004 and 2008 as well as 198 ODIs from 1999 to 2009.
He won two World Cups as well as playing county cricket in England for Gloucestershire, Kent, Lancashire and Surrey.
The all-rounder also played domestic credit for Queensland – scoring 5,000 runs and taken 100 wickets – and in the Indian Premier League for the Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians.
Symonds is sadly the third Australian cricket legend to die in 2022 following the sudden deaths of Shane Warne and Rod Marsh in March.