Australian cricket great Andrew Symonds has died aged 46, sparking a renewed outpouring of grief in a year of tragedy for the sport.

The popular former allrounder was killed in a car accident in Hervey Range outside Townsville in Queensland on Saturday night.

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

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

“The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.”

Former teammates led emotional tributes to the cult figure on Sunday morning.

“Horrendous news to wake up to,” Jason Gillespie wrote.

“Utterly devastated. We are all gonna miss you mate.”

Adam Gilchrist simply said: “This really hurts.”

Symonds’ death comes after wicketkeeping icon Rod Marsh and spin king Shane Warne died within days of each other in March.

Andrew Symonds was a popular member of some of Australia’s greatest teams. Credit: Getty Images

“Man. This year has been just heartbreaking for all, cricket family and fans just in shock. So many gone way too soon,” former Australian international Trent Copeland wrote.

“‘Roy’ was one of the main reasons I wanted to play cricket, wear zinc and just generally play sport with a smile!”

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

The keen fisherman, who grew up in Queensland and was affectionately known by his nickname ‘Roy’, became a fan favourite 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.

Symonds 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 scoring his maiden Test century alongside great mate Matthew Hayden.
Andrew Symonds (right) celebrates scoring his maiden Test century alongside great mate Matthew Hayden. 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.

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

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

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

In the video below: Symonds famously hip-and-shoulders a Gabba streaker

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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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Pakistan great Shaoib Akhtar said he was “devastated” to hear the news.

“We shared a great relationship on and off the field,” he wrote.

“Thoughts and prayers with the family.”


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