PERSON AND PLACES
Former Australia cricketer and two-time World Cup winner all-rounder 46-year-old Andrew Symonds passed away in a car crash just outside of Townsville in his home state of Queensland.
In 2022, he was the third Australian player after leg-spinner Shane Warne and former wicketkeeper Rod Marsh tragically passed away.
He played 198 ODIs for Australia and scored six centuries and 30 half-centuries and also took 133 wickets with his more than handy off-spin and medium pace. He played 26 Test matches for the Australian team.
It was at the 2003 World Cup where Symonds burst onto the stage with perhaps his greatest innings as he torched Pakistan with an unbeaten 143 in Johannesburg early in the tournament and helped Australia remain unbeaten and defeat India in a one-sided final. He also played 14 T20I for Australia and scored 337 runs and also took eight wickets for the team.
He was also part of the victorious World Cup side at the 2007 World Cup in West Indies as Australia claimed their fourth 50-over World Cup title. He made his debut in the Australia team in 1998, during an ODI against Pakistan and it was in the 50-overs setup that the dynamic all-rounder would prove his mettle.
After his retirement from cricket in February of 2012, Symonds ventured into sports commentary and broadcasting and became a renowned figure for Fox Sports.