Andrew Symonds: Former Australian cricketer dies in car crash

Former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds has died aged 46 after being involved in a car crash.

The all-rounder played 26 Tests, 198 One-Day Internationals and 14 Twenty20s for Australia between 1998 and 2009.

A hard hitter, astute pitcher and good defender, Symonds was involved in two 50+ World Cup wins and the Australian Ashes’ victory over England in 2006-07.

Born in Birmingham, Symonds played county cricket in the UK for Kent, Gloucestershire, Lancashire and Surrey. He held the joint record for most six touchdowns in a County Championship round – he had hit 16 in a hit for Gloucestershire against Glamorgan in 1995 – until Ben Stokes improved his total the last week. His death is another significant loss for Australian cricket, following the deaths of former wicketkeeper Rod Marsh and legendary spinner Shane Warne earlier this year.

Symonds was best known for his one-day cricket exploits, during which he scored 5,088 runs at an average of 39.75 and also took 133 wickets. He scored his first of two hundred Tests in the 2006 Boxing Day Ashes Test, hitting 156 as Australia won by one innings and 99 runs. But his career has not been without controversy. In 2009, he was dismissed from the World Cup in England for disciplinary reasons, which ended his international career.

While touring England in 2005, he was given up for two one-day internationals after getting drunk at a game against Bangladesh in Cardiff.

In August 2008, he was dropped from Australia’s one-day series against Bangladesh in Darwin after missing a mandatory squad meeting to go fishing.

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