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Cricket great Symonds dies age 46



Australian cricket is again in mourning, following the passing of former all-rounder Andrew Symonds at the age of 46 on Saturday night.


Symonds was killed in a single vehicle collision in far North Queensland late on Saturday night, with police investigating the crash at Hervey Range, about 50km from Townsville.


“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,” a police statement read.


“Emergency services attempted to revive the 46-year-old driver and sole occupant, however, he died of his injuries.”


Symonds' death comes just two months after the death of Shane Warne and Rod Marsh, who both passed away on March 4th after suffering heart attacks.


Symonds played 26 Tests for Australia, scoring 1462 runs at 40.61 and picking up 24 wickets with his handy off spin and medium pace bowling.


“Australian cricket has lost another of its very best. Andrew was a generational talent who was instrumental in Australia’s success at World Cups and as part of Queensland’s rich cricket history," Cricket Australia Lachlan Henderson said in a statement.


“He was a cult figure to many who was treasured by his fans and friends. On behalf of Australian cricket our deepest sympathies are with Andrew’s family, team-mates, and friends.”


Symonds made his biggest mark in the shorter forms of the game, a member of Australia's 2003 and 2007 ODI World Cup sides, playing 198 one day internationals and 14 T20 internationals before a mistimed fishing trip in Darwin 2009 while part of an Australian ODI series against Bangladesh ended his career.


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