The cricketing fraternity was left in mourning as news of the tragic passing of former Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds emerged. Symonds died in a tragic car crash in Queensland, Australia on Saturday May 140. His car left the road and overturned while he was driving, causing serious injuries to the former cricketer, who succumbed to death.
Australian cricket had yet to recover from the abrupt demise of legends Shane Warne and Rod Marsh, but they lost another of their heroes on Saturday. Marsh had died aged 74 in Marsh this year before Warne breathed his last after suffering a heart attack while vacationing in Thailand the same month.
While Warne’s last social media post was about Marsh’s disappearance on Twitter, Symonds’ last Instagram post was a tribute to his close friend Warne after his death. “Devastated, I hope this is all just a bad dream. I just can’t bring myself to never see you again. Love to all the Warne family, I am speechless,” Symonds wrote in an Instagram post in March of this year.
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Warne and Symonds played together for several years for Australia in all three formats. The duo were part of several memorable victories for the country and maintained a great bond on and off the pitch. Symonds had also attended Warne’s memorial service with some of his former teammates earlier this year.
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Considered one of the greatest all-round players of all time, Symonds made his international debut for Australia in 1998. He rose to prominence after a sensational 125-143 hit against Pakistan at the World Cup ODI 2003. A hard-hitting hitter and practical bowler, Symonds won two World Cups with Australia in 2003 and 2007.
He has played 26 Tests and 198 ODIs in his international career, amassing 5088 and 1462 runs respectively in the two formats. he also picked up a total of 157 wickets in the Tests and ODIs combined.