Andrew Symonds, former versatile Australian cricketer, dies in a car accident

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Former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds has died in a car crash in Queensland. News of his death was confirmed by Cricket Australia. Andrew Symonds was 46 years old. Symonds was part of two World Cup winning Australian teams.

Police said the fatal accident took place on Saturday evening in Hervey Range, 50 km from Townsville. The car Symonds was driving left the road and rolled away, according to a statement from police, which described it as a single-vehicle incident.

Andrew Symonds was a member of the Australian squads that won the Cricket World Cup in 2003 and 2007. He appeared in 198 one-day internationals other than 26 Tests from 2004 to 2008.

“Australian cricket has lost another of its best,” Cricket Australia chairman Lachlan Henderson said in a statement.

“Andrew was a generational talent who was instrumental in Australia’s success at World Cups and as part of Queensland’s rich cricketing history.

“He was a cult figure to many who was cherished by his fans and friends.

“On behalf of Australian cricket, our deepest condolences go out to Andrew’s family, teammates and friends.”

Australian cricket recently lost two of its big names, Shane Warne and Rod Marsh. Both died in March. The death of Andrew Symonds was another blow.

“Initial information indicates that shortly after 11 p.m. the car was traveling on Hervey Range Road near Alice River Bridge when it left the carriageway and rolled over,” the police statement said.

“Emergency services attempted to revive the 46-year-old driver and sole occupant, but he died of his injuries.

“The forensic unit is investigating.

(With agency contributions)

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