Devastated teammates lead tributes to Australian cricket great Andrew Symonds after death in crash

Devastated teammates including Adam Gilchrist and Mark Taylor lead tributes to Andrew Symonds after his sudden death: ‘This really hurts’

  • Symonds died in single-car crash, throwing sport and nation into mourning
  • Retired all-rounder died around 10.30pm on Saturday in far north Queensland 

Shocked teammates have been leading the tributes after the sudden death of legendary Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds. 

Symonds died in a single-car crash, throwing the sport and the nation into mourning. 

The retired all-rounder, 46, died at about 10.30pm on Saturday in Hervey Range, 50km west of Townsville in far north Queensland, when his car left the road and rolled. 

‘Emergency services attempted to revive the 46-year-old driver and sole occupant, however, he died of his injuries,’ Queensland Police said on Sunday morning. 

Australian cricket legend Andrew Symonds (pictured) has died in a car crash in Queensland

‘This really hurts,’ said former Australian captain Adam Gilchrist on social media.

Former England player Michael Vaughan wrote: ‘Simmo .. This doesn’t feel real.’

Both included the letters RIP – rest in peace – in their messages.  

Former Australian cricketer Mark Taylor paid tribute to Symonds on Channel 9.

‘Symo. He was an adventurer,’ he said. ‘I can’t quite believe it. Another tragic day for cricket. 

‘Bad things do happen in threes – Rod Marsh earlier this year, not long after that obviously Shane Warne and now Simmo. Another terrible day for cricket,’ said Taylor.

He said that Symonds loved outdoor adventures such as fishing, hiking and camping.

‘I took Symo out one day fishing here on Sydney Harbour with The Cricket Show many years ago and just watching him flow a fly lure around boats was great to watch. 

‘He was entertainer with the bat when it came to cricket, and as you say he was an imposing guy.’

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