Andrew Symonds’ wife has spoken as the world floats with the news that the former Australian star passed away Saturday night at the age of 46.
The cricketing world is in mourning after former Australian star Andrew Symonds passed away on Saturday night.
He was 46 years old.
The courier post reports that Symonds was involved in a car accident outside of Townsville, where the Queenslander lived. He was the only person in the car.
In a statement, Queensland Police said the single-vehicle accident happened at Hervey Range, when Symonds’ vehicle went off the road and rolled away. Ambulance personnel tried to save him, but were unsuccessful.
He is survived by wife Laura and young children Chloe and Billy.
Laura told the courier post: “We’re still in shock – I’m just thinking about the two kids.
“He was such a great person and there’s so much of him in his kids.”
She paid tribute to Symonds, saying he was “an extremely laid-back operator” and “always had time for everyone”.
Symonds’ passing comes after the shocking deaths of fellow Australian cricket greats Shane Warne and Rod Marsh earlier this year.
Former teammates, colleagues and fans were in shock and turned to social media to pay their respects. Legendary wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist was among many to express their grief, saying it “really hurts”.
The popular all-rounder was a devastating batter who could bowl either medium tempo or off spin depending on the situation of the game. He was a key member of the Australian ODI teams winning World Cups in 2003 and 2007, playing 198 times in the 50-over format, scoring 5088 runs and taking 133 wickets.
Once pigeonholed as a whiteball specialist, Symonds turned himself into a brilliant test player, where he also built an impressive record. He wore the baggy green 26 times and scored 1,462 runs at an average of 40.61.
He was also an exceptional outfield player, sensational in both the field and patrolling the border.
There was a time when cricket fans wondered if Symonds would ever live up to his full potential. He occasionally made handy contributions to the ODI side, but rarely produced the match-winning performance that a man of his talent was capable of.
That all changed at the 2003 World Cup in South Africa. At the urging of Ricky Ponting – one of his biggest supporters – Symonds was selected to the side and scored his first international century in the tournament opener against Pakistan, hitting 143 not-out.
His unbeaten 91 in the semi-final against Sri Lanka was also vital as Australia defeated India in the decision-making stage and Symonds suddenly believed he belonged at the highest level.
Symonds made his Test debut in 2004 and registered his first century in the whites for Australia against England at the MCG in 2006.
He hugged his friend Matthew Hayden in the middle as he reached triple figures, in emotional scenes that have been repeated countless times since.
After his playing days ended, Symonds became a popular figure in the commentary field, working for Fox Sports during international matches as well as domestic matches including the Big Bash League.
Originally published as Andrew Symonds’ wife speaks after cricket legend is killed in car accident