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Andrew Symonds: Australian former cricketer dies in tragic accident

Andrew Symonds (9 June 1975 – 14 May 2022) was an Australian international cricketer who was a batting all-rounder for all three forms. He was an integral part of two World Cup-winning teams. Symonds was a right-handed middle-order batsman who alternated between bowling medium speed and off-spin. Additionally, he was recognized for his superb fielding abilities.

After the middle of 2008, Symonds spent considerable time away from the squad for disciplinary issues, including alcohol abuse.

He was sent home from the 2009 World Twenty20 in June, marking his third suspension, expulsion, or removal from selection within a year. Many cricket observers thought that the Australian administration would no longer accept Symonds and that he would be forced to quit. Symonds announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on February 16, 2012, in order to focus on his family.

46-year-old Symonds perished in a single-car accident in Townsville, Queensland, on 14 May 2022.

Early years

It was assumed that one of Symonds’ original parents was of Afro-Caribbean heritage and the other was of Danish or Swedish descent.

Symonds’ adoptive parents, Ken and Barbara, went to Australia three months after his adoption, shortly after he had been adopted.

Louise Symonds, one of her adopted siblings, competed in Gladiators. He had two biological siblings. Andrew spent his early life in Charters Towers, northern Queensland, where his father Ken taught at the fee-charging private All Souls St Gabriels School he attended. He showed sports skills at a very young age. “He was a cricket fanatic. Before and after school, five or six days a week, he would toss me balls. And we would play a variety of indoor games using ping-pong balls and Christmas decorations.”The majority of his junior cricket was played in Townsville for the Wanderers club, with father and son sometimes making the 270-kilometer round journey twice a week. His parents were on the faculty of All Saints Anglican School in Merrimac when the family relocated to the Gold Coast. Symonds attended the institution.

Andrew Symonds Net Worth:

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Andrew Symonds’ Profession

Andrew Symonds participated in 198 ODIs and accumulated six hundred and thirty half-centuries. He added an additional 133 wickets with his off-spin and medium speed. Andrew emerged into the scene in the 2003 World Cup with perhaps his finest innings, when he decimated Pakistan with an unbeaten 143 in Johannesburg earlier in the tournament and helped Australia remain undefeated and defeat India in a one-sided final.

During the 2007 World Cup, he was a member of the Australian team that won their fourth 50-over World Cup. Andrew participated in 14 Twenty20 Internationals for Australia, accumulating 337 runs and eight wickets.

Summary of cricket career

Symonds was a right-handed batter who could also bowl off-spin and at a moderate pace, making him a competent all-rounder. He was an exceptional fielder, with a report prepared by Cricinfo in late 2005 indicating that since the 1999 Cricket World Cup, he had effected the fifth equal most run-outs in ODI cricket of any fielder, with the fourth-highest success rate, with Ricky Ponting rating him the best fielder he has ever seen, and a better and more versatile one than Herschelle Gibbs and Jonty Rhodes because Symonds was taller than them, giving him He was highly nimble for his stature and weight (medium-heavy build; 187 cm tall), had outstanding reflexes, could take catches well, and possessed a strong and accurate throwing arm. His nickname is Roy, abbreviated from the name Leroy since an early coach thought he resembled Brisbane basketball player Leroy Loggins. In 1994, he received an AIS Australian Cricket Academy scholarship. After his maiden season with the English county Gloucestershire, Symonds received the Cricket Writers’ Club Young Cricketer of the Year title in 1995. Shortly thereafter, Symonds was picked for the England A team’s winter tour to Pakistan, but he opted to pursue an international career with Australia instead. Jason Pooley, a Middlesex player, eventually replaced him on the tour.

League of Indian Premier 

Symonds was recruited by the Deccan Chargers of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in February 2008 for $1,350,000, making him the second most expensive player in the league at the time.

Against Rajasthan Royals in the 2008 tournament, Symonds scored 117 not out off 53 balls. The Royals won the game despite Symonds surrendering 19 runs in the final over when only 17 were necessary to win.

Symonds began his third season with a bang, scoring two fifty runs in his team’s first three games in 2010.

The next year, he signed a $850,000 contract with Mumbai Indians.

Symonds Died In A Car Accident:

On 14 May 2022, at 46, Symonds was killed in a single-vehicle traffic accident in Townsville, Queensland. Queensland Police stated in a statement that Symonds was traveling on Hervey Range Road near the Alice River Bridge at around 10:30 p.m. local time when his vehicle off the roadway and overturned. Symonds was the sole passenger in the vehicle. Symonds was declared dead at the site despite paramedics’ attempts to resuscitate him.

Personal Life:

46-year-old Symonds is survived by his wife Laura and children Billy and Chloe. Symonds married Laura in 2012, 12 months after the birth of their son Billy. This was his second marriage. Chloe, the daughter of Symonds, was born in 2013.

This morning, Symonds’ wife Laura told The Courier-Mail, “We are still in shock — I’m just thinking of the two kids.” “He was such a large individual, and there is so much of him in his children.

“He was the most relaxed individual. Nothing made him anxious. He was an exceptionally calm operator. So practical. He was terrible with his phone, yet always had time for everyone.”

Laura and her two children went from Sydney to Townsville after hearing of Symonds’ passing.

Final Words:

“Australian cricket has lost yet another of its greatest players. Andrew was a generational talent who played a pivotal role in Australia’s success at World Cups and in Queensland’s rich cricket heritage, according to a Cricket Australia statement.

“Many saw him as a cult figure, and his admirers and friends held him in high regard. The Australian cricket community extends its sincere condolences to Andrew’s family, colleagues, and friends.”

 

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