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Australian Cricket Star Andrew Symonds Dies In Car Crash -By ASC


Andrew Symonds bigger than life is very popular (File)

Melbourne:

Former Australian versatile explosive player Andrew Symonds has died in a car accident, local reports and fellow players said Sunday, in another tragic blow to the sport following the recent deaths of Shane Warne and Rod Marsh.

The 46 -year -old, who plays 26 Tests and 198 international matches a day, was involved in a car accident outside Townsville in the state of Queensland on Saturday night.

Police said emergency services tried to recover the driver and a lone occupant, but he died of his injuries after the car left the road and rolled over.

Authorities did not name Symonds, but he was widely identified by various media and former players.

“Horror news to shock,” tweeted former Australian teammate Jason Gillespie. “Really ruined. We’ll all miss you guys.”

Adam Gilchrist, another former teammate and fellow commentator, wrote: “This is really painful,” while Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said he was “devastated”.

“We share great relationships on & off the field. Thoughts & prayers with family,” he tweeted.

Symonds ’fatal crash came just months after the deaths of great Australian friends Shane Warne and Rod Marsh, who both died of heart attacks.

The larger -than -life Symonds are very popular, not only for his harsh approach to the game but also for his easy -going personality.

He is widely regarded as one of Australia’s most skilled cricketers and was a key member of the team that won the World Cup 50 times in a row in 2003 and 2007.

But he is also remembered for the infamous “monkeygate” scandal in 2008 that brought him into a downward spiral.

Symonds accused Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh of calling him a “monkey” in the 2008 New Year’s Test in Sydney.

Singh, who denied any wrongdoing, was suspended for three matches, but the ban was lifted when India threatened to halt the tour in what was a low point in India-Australia cricket relations.

The Australian later revealed it took a heavy toll and he started drinking a lot.

His Australian Cricket contract was revoked in June 2009 after he was deported from World Twenty20 in England following the latest alcohol -related series.

Despite the animosity, Symonds and Harbhajan eventually got along and played together in the Indian Premier League.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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