Andrew Symonds, the former Australia all-rounder, has passed away following a car crash near the outskirts of the city of Townsville on Sunday. He was 46 and is survived by wife Laura and two young children, Chloe and Billy. Symonds, one of the greatest all-rounders to represent the country, played 26 Tests, 198 ODIS and 14 T201s for Australia and was a two time World Cup winner. “Early in-vacy formation indicates, shortly after 11pm the car was driven on Hervey Range Road, near Alice River Bridge when it left the roadway and rolled,” a statement issued by the police read. 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.
According to a report in NewsCorp, Symonds’ family issued a statement “confirming his passing, and appreciated peoples’ sympathy and best wishes, and asked that their pribe respected”.
Symonds, lovingly known as ‘Roy’, made his Australia debut in being 1998, during an ODI against Pakistan and it was in the 50-overs setup that the dynamic all-rounder would prove his mettle.