Australian cricket cult hero Andrew Symonds killed in Queensland car crash | world news

Former Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds has died in a car accident aged 46, Cricket Australia has announced.

The cricket great was involved in a single-vehicle accident in Hervey Range near Townsville in Australia’s northeast on Saturday night.

Queensland Police said in a statement: “Initial information indicates that the car was driven on Hervey Range Road, near Alice River Bridge, shortly after 11pm when it drifted off the roadway and rolled.

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

“The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.”

‘The Queenslander was a larger-than-life figure,’ says Cricket Australia. Photo: AP

Cricket Australia described Symonds as “a cult hero at the height of his international playing career and one of the most skilled all-rounders Australian cricket has seen”.

“The Queenslander was a larger-than-life figure who attracted a wide fan base during his peak years, not only because of his hard-nosed manners, but also because of his larrikin persona,” it added.

Symonds played 26 friendlies for Australia and racked up two centuries, but he was better known as a specialist in limited overs.

He played 198 one-day international for Australia and won two World Cups.

After retiring as a player, Symonds became a commentator for cricket broadcasters.

Former teammates and opponents, including Adam Gilchrist and Michael Vaughan, paid tribute to Symonds, affectionately known as “Roy”.

Former wicketkeeper Gilchrist tweeted crying and heartbreak emojis followed by the simple message: “This really hurts. #roy #rip”

Ex-England Captain Vaughan wrote: “Simmo.. This doesn’t feel real.. #RIP”.

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