Australian cricket legend Andrew Symonds dies in car crash

Andrew Symonds, a former Australian cricketer and two-time World Cup champion, died in a vehicle accident on Saturday night.

Symonds was the only person in the car when it crashed just outside of Townsville, Queensland, and police said a 46-year-old man died at the scene.

“According to early information, the automobile was being driven on Hervey Range Road near Alice River Bridge just after 11 p.m. when it off the roadway and rolled,” the police statement revealed.

“Emergency responders tried to resuscitate the 46-year-old driver and lone occupant, but he died as a result of his injuries.

“The Forensic Crash Unit is looking into it.”

Symonds’ death comes only two months after legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne died of a heart attack, while former Australian wicketkeeper Rod Marsh died of a heart attack earlier this year.

Symonds averaged 40.61 with the bat in 26 Tests for his nation, but he was more recognized for his white-ball exploits and superb fielding in both the outfield and the circle.

He played in 198 One-Day Internationals, hitting six hundreds and 30 half-centuries while also taking 133 wickets with his off-spin and medium speed.

Symonds emerged into the scene with possibly his best performance during the 2003 World Cup, when he burned Pakistan for an unbeaten 143 in Johannesburg early in the tournament, helping Australia remain undefeated and overcome India in a one-sided final.

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