Destroyers teammates including Adam Gilchrist and Mark Taylor paid tribute to Andrew Symonds after his sudden death: ‘It really hurts’
- Symonds died in a single car accident, bringing grief to the game and the nation
- The retired all-rounder died in the far north of Queensland around 10:30 pm on Saturday.
- Former Australian cricketer Mark Taylor has described Symonds as an entertainer.
Teammates shocked by the sudden demise of Australia’s great cricketer Andrew Symonds are paying tribute.
Symonds died in a single car accident, which brought grief to the game and the nation.
The retired all-rounder, 46, died Saturday night at 10.30pm when his car skidded off the road and crashed into the Harvey Range, 50 kilometers west of Townsville in the far north of Queensland.
“Emergency services tried to rescue the 46-year-old driver and the occupant, but he died of his injuries,” Queensland police said Sunday morning.
Australian cricket legend Andrew Symonds has died in a car crash in Queensland.
Former Australia captain Adam Gilchrist said on social media, “It really hurts.
Former England player Michael Vaughan wrote: “Simmo … it doesn’t look real.”
Both included letters such as RIP – Rest in Peace – in their messages, as Jason Gillespie put it, saying that “waking up is scary news.”
He added that he ‘was completely devastated. We will all miss you friend. ‘
Former Australian cricketer Mark Taylor paid tribute to Symonds on Channel 9.
‘Simo. He was brave, ‘he said. ‘I can’t believe it. Another sad day for cricket.
‘There are three bad things – Rod Marsh earlier this year, Shane Warne and now Simo long after. Another scary day for cricket, ‘said Taylor.
He said Symonds loves outdoor adventures such as fishing, hiking and camping.
Former Australia captain Adam Gilchrist was among those who paid tribute to Andrew Symonds on social media (pictured).
Jason Gillespie also paid tribute to Symonds in a Twitter message on Sunday morning (pictured).
‘I took Simo to Sydney Harbor many years ago to fish in Sydney Harbor and it was nice to see him fly around the boat.
“When he came to cricket, he used to entertain with the bat, and as you said, he was an influential person.”
Taylor said Symonds was hired as a white ball player. “He wanted to prove to the world that he could play Test cricket and he did.
‘He was just an entertainer. In an age where professionalism is truly a throwback word we often use. Symo was an old type of boy.
Former Australian cricketer Mark Taylor says the late Andrew Symonds (pictured) was an entertainer.
‘He wanted to go out and have fun and play games he remembered as a kid.
“Sometimes he got into trouble for not going to training or drinking too much beer, but that’s the way he lived his life and wanted to play cricket.”
Cricket Australia president Lachlan Henderson also paid tribute to Symonds.
‘Australian cricket has lost its best game. Andrew was a generation of talents who played a key role in Australia’s success at the World Cup and part of Queensland’s rich cricket history, ‘he said.
“For many, he was a cult figure who was admired by his fans and friends.
“On behalf of Australian cricket, we have deep sympathy for Andrew’s family, teammates and friends.”
Andrew Symonds, who died suddenly on Saturday night, is pictured playing for the Bulls in the Twenty20 Big Bash game between the Queensland Bulls and the Western Australian Warriors on January 16, 2010 in Brisbane.