In a tragic and unfortunate incident that occurred, famous Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds passed away at the young age of 46 years old. Andrew succumbed to a car accident on Sunday. Andrew retired from all forms of cricket in 2012 itself citing family reasons and how he wished to give more time to his family.
The tragic accident that took away Andrew’s life occurred in Townsville in Queensland state on Saturday night. As soon as the incident happened all the emergency facilities were provided to Andrew and his driver, police authorities confirmed. However, unfortunately, Andrew suffered a lot of injuries because the car rolled over the road and hence he could not survive.
Andrew played 26 Tests and 198 one-day internationals throughout his cricket career. As soon as the news of Andrew’s death spread, condolences and tributes started pouring in. Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar took to his official Twitter account and tweeted “Andrew Symonds’ death in a vehicle accident in Australia has left me devastated. On and off the field, we had a fantastic friendship. With condolences and prayers for the family.
Apart from Shoaib, former Australian teammate Jason Gillespie tweeted “What a horrible way to start the day. I’m completely devastated. “We’ll all miss you, mate.” Post Andrew’s death, his tribute to late cricketer Shane Warne, which he paid on Instagram went viral. Recently, on 14th March, former Australian cricketer Shane Warne also passed away.
Devastated to hear about Andrew Symonds passing away in a car crash in Australia. We shared a great relationship on & off the field. Thoughts & prayers with the family. #AndrewSymonds pic.twitter.com/QMZMCwLdZs
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) May 14, 2022
Andrew took to his Instagram to express his grief over the tragic incident. Andrew posted a slide of two pictures of him and Shane and wrote “I’m devastated, and I’m hoping it’s all a nightmare. I just can’t wrap my head around the fact that I’ll never see you again. I’m speechless for every one of the Warne family.” This was the last Instagram post of Symonds.
He was widely regarded as one of Australia’s most talented all-rounders, and a crucial player on the team that won back-to-back 50-over World Cups in 2003 and 2007. However, he is best known for the infamous “monkeygate” affair in 2008, which pushed him into a downward spiral.
In the 2008 New Year Test in Sydney, Symonds claimed India spinner Harbhajan Singh called him a “monkey.” Singh was suspended for three matches despite denying any culpability, but the suspension was reversed when India threatened to pull out of the tour at a low period in India-Australia cricket relations.
It took a toll on the Australian player, who subsequently admitted he began drinking frequently. After being sent home from the World Twenty20 in England following the latest in a string of alcohol-related infractions, his Cricket Australia contract was withdrawn in June 2009.
Despite their hostility, Symonds and Harbhajan reconciled and joined the Indian Premier League together. Andrew was married to Brooke Symonds in 2004 but got divorced in 2005. Currently, Andrew has been survived by his wife Laura and two children Chloe and Billy.