Australia was mourning the death of another cricket legend following the news that Andrew Symonds had passed away aged just 46.

Symonds was killed in a car crash and police said they were investigating the single-vehicle accident that occurred in Queensland at 11pm on Saturday night.

Symonds was one of the most destructive cricketers of his generation


Symonds was one of the most destructive cricketers of his generation

He was born in Birmingham before moving down under at a young age and played 26 Tests, 198 one-day internationals, 14 T20s for Australia and won the World Cup in 2003 and 2007.

He was a cult figure with fans thanks to his ferocious batting and had spells in county cricket with Kent, Gloucestershire, Lancashire and Surrey.

A Cricket Australia statement read: “We are shocked and saddened by the loss of the loveable Queenslander, who has tragically passed away at the age of 46.”

Queensland Police said: “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.

“Early information indicates, shortly after 11pm 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.

“The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.”

Symonds played 198 ODIs for Australia


Symonds played 198 ODIs for Australia

Former international team-mates Andrew Gilchrist, Michael Clarke, Jason Gillespie and Darren Lehmann were among many to pay tribute to Symonds.

Former wicketkeeper Gilchrist tweeted crying and heartbreak emojis followed by the simple message: “This really hurts. #roy #rip” while Lehmann wrote on Twitter: “Look after yourself up there great man, I am (heartbroken emoji), loved him so much and our thoughts are with the family at this time.”

West Indies great Brian Lara was among many from the cricketing world to share their sadness at the news.

The 53-year-old tweeted: “We exchanged messages just hours ago… what’s really going on? Baffled and heartbroken! How could we lose another iconic figure in our sport so soon RIP Roy Condolences to Andrew’s family and close friends.”

India great Sachin Tendulkar wrote on Twitter: “Andrew Symond’s demise is shocking news for all of us to absorb. Not only was he a brilliant all-rounder, but also a live-wire on the field.

“I have fond memories of the time we spent together in Mumbai Indians. May his soul rest in peace, condolences to his family & friends.”


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