Cricket world mourns after the sudden passing of Andrew Symonds

The allrounder died in a car accident outside of Townsville where he lived in retirement.

Former Australia allrounder Andrew Symonds was involved in a fatal car accident in Queensland on Saturday night.

According to reports, the accident occurred outside the coastal city of Townsville in the northeastern part of Australia.

"Police are investigating a single-vehicle crash in Hervey Range, around 50 kilometres from Townsville that's taken the life of a 46-year-old man last night," the Queensland police said in a statement.

"Early information indicates, shortly after 11 pm the car was being driven on Hervey Range Road, near Alice River Bridge when it left the roadway and rolled.

"Emergency services attempted to revive the 46-year-old driver and sole occupant, however, he died of his injuries."

Controversy was never far from Symonds as a player for Australia and he was constantly hounded by off-field issues, but he was immensely popular with fans, teammates, umpires and opponents alike.

The 46-year-old is the third former Baggy Green to pass unexpectedly this year after the deaths of Shane Warne and Rodney Marsh in March.

"Australian cricket has lost another of its very best," Cricket Australia chairman Lachlan Henderson said.

"Andrew was a generational talent who was instrumental in Australia's success at World Cups and as part of Queensland's rich cricket history.

"He was a cult figure to many who was treasured by his fans and friends. On behalf of Australian cricket, our deepest sympathies are with Andrew's family, teammates, and friends."

Symonds was a two-time World Cup winner with Australia. He played 198 ODIs and finished with a batting average of 39.75, a strike rate of 92.44 and a highest score of 156.

He was useful with the ball, bowling off-spin and taking 133 wickets at an average of 37.25 and best figures of 5/18.

The late allrounder also played 26 Tests and 14 T20I for the Baggy Greens during a career in which he built a reputation for being able to perform best in high-pressure situations.

He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace.

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