Australian cricket great Andrew Symonds, 46, dies in car accident

Australian cricket great Andrew Symonds has died in a car accident in Hervey Range outside Townsville in Queensland.

The popular former allrounder was 46.

Queensland Police said emergency services attempted to revive Symonds after his car left a road and rolled after 11pm on Saturday night.

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“However, he dies of his injuries,” police said in a statement.

“The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.”

Symonds’ death extends a year of tragedy for Australian cricket, after Rod Marsh and Shane Warne died within days of each other in March.

He played 26 Test matches between 2004 and 2008, while appearing in 198 one-day internationals and 14 Twenty20 international.

Symonds, who grew up in Queensland and was affectionately known by his nickname ‘Roy’, became a fan favorite as a big-hitting allrounder in some of Australia’s greatest teams.

He played multiple crucial innings at the 2003 World Cup, striking 143 not out in the opener against Pakistan, and 91 not out in a semi-final win over Sri Lanka.

He took two wickets in the final to help Australia win the trophy, and contributed again four years later as Australia won the 2007 World Cup.

Andrew Symonds (right) celebrates his maiden Test century. Credit: Hamish Blair/Getty Images

Symonds struck his first Test century in the 2006 Boxing Day Test win over England – most famous for Warne’s 700th Test wicket – during Australia’s 5-0 Ashes whitewash.

Symonds shared photos from that series when he mourned the death of Warne in March.

“Devastated, I’m hoping this is all a bad dream, I just can not get my head around never seeing you again,” he wrote at the time.

“Love to all the Warne family, I’m speechless.”

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Symonds also played for English country sides Gloucestershire, Kent, Lancashire and Surrey as well as Indian Premier League franchises Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians.

“The club is shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of former overseas star and cult hero, Andrew Symonds,” Kent said.

“The thoughts of everyone at Kent Cricket are with Roy’s family and friends at this desperately sad time.”

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