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Legendary Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds passes away

Andrew Symonds, a former Australian cricketer and two-time World Cup winner, died in a car accident on Saturday night. Police revealed that the 46-year-old was the only passenger in the crash, which occurred just outside of Townsville in his home state of Queensland.

“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,” the police statement confirmed.

“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 averaged 40.61 with the bat in 26 Tests for his country, but his white-ball heroics were arguably more well-known.

He played in 198 One-Day Internationals, scoring six hundreds and 30 half-centuries while also taking 133 wickets with his off-spin and medium pace.

Symonds emerged into the scene with possibly his best innings at the 2003 World Cup, when he burned Pakistan for an unbeaten 143 in Johannesburg early in the tournament, helping Australia stay unbeaten and overcome India in a one-sided final.

Symonds also played 14 T20I for Australia, managing 337 runs and eight wickets.

After renowned leg-spinner Shane Warne died of a heart attack in Thailand in March, he became the third former Australian cricketer to pass away in 2022. Rod Marsh, the former wicketkeeper, died of a heart attack earlier this year.

On Sunday, former Australian captain Allan Border was one of several who paid tribute to Symonds.

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