Tributes poured in after Andrew Symonds, one of Australia’s greatest all-rounders, tragically passed away in a car crash at the age of 46 in Queensland.
Symonds, who made his international debut in 1998, played a pivotal part during Australia’s twin Cricket World Cup successes in 2003 and 2007. In the 2003 iteration, the all-rounder announced himself on the world stage with a terrific ton against Pakistan in Australia’s opening encounter. He averaged 103.00 in Cricket World Cups.
A hard-hitting middle order batter who could also bowl medium pace and spin, Symonds was a terrific fielder and ticked every box in limited-overs cricket. He ended his ODI career scoring 5,088 runs at an average just under 40 with a strike-rate of 92.44.
Symonds was one of the early stars of the T20 format, with his 34-ball hundred for Kent against Middlesex in the 2004 T20 Cup still the fourth-fastest in the format’s history. In 14 T20Is, he mustered 337 runs at an average of 48.14 and an astonishing strike-rate of 169.34. During the inaugural IPL auction, he was sold for the second-highest price – only behind MS Dhoni.
While white-ball cricket witnessed Symonds’ most famous moments, first-class cricket also saw his destructive talents. In 1995, he broke the record for most sixes in a first-class innings while playing for Gloucestershire against Glamorgan. He was 20 years old at the time, and ended the season with 1,438 runs at an average of 55.30. Symonds averaged over 40 in his 26 Tests, with a century in the 2006 Boxing Day Ashes Test, and a career-best 162* against India at Sydney in 2008 in a Player of the Match performance.
His death sent the cricketing world into shock, with several of his teammates and opponents posting heartfelt tributes to one of the true greats of Australian cricket.
If Roy shook your hand you had his word, that’s the sort of bloke he was and that’s why I always wanted him on my team. An extraordinary player and even better human being. Can’t believe he’s gone. Thoughts are with his family at this time. pic.twitter.com/7r7FiK1CzK
— Ricky Ponting AO (@RickyPonting) May 15, 2022
We exchanged messages just hours ago… what’s really going on? Baffled and heartbroken! How could we lose another iconic figure in our sport so soon 💔 RIP Roy
Condolences to Andrew’s family and close friends.#unfair
— Brian Lara (@BrianLara) May 15, 2022
Have had the privilege to work with some “big names” in the IPL,as well as a couple of “big characters “. Andrew Symmonds was a fierce competitor and generous teammate. Arguably the greatest all-round fielder ever, on top of his contribution with both bat n ball. #RIPRoy pic.twitter.com/fhDDDIRWD1
— Jonty Rhodes (@JontyRhodes8) May 15, 2022
Think of your most loyal, fun, loving friend who would do anything for you. That’s Roy. 💔😞
— Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381) May 15, 2022
Devastating, just devastating Will always remember his no nonsense straightforward positivity and what he did for me as Captain @Gloscricket What a player, what a person Thoughts are with Laura, Chloe & Billy #RIPRoy #Australia https://t.co/G6ylycMrUE
— Jack Russell MBE (@jackrussellart) May 15, 2022
— Darren Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) May 15, 2022
This is so devastating 😞
Roy was So much fun to be around
Our Thoughts are with Symonds family #RIPRoy
— Damien Fleming (@bowlologist) May 14, 2022
Can’t believe what I’ve just woken up to 😔
Thinking of his family, his teammates and everyone in the cricket community. We’ve lost another one of our hero’s #RIPRoy
— Glenn Maxwell (@Gmaxi_32) May 15, 2022
Today I have lost my closest man.
You were just not a colleague
My family, my man
My symonds uncle ❤️ I will miss you terribly
RIP 🙏🏻💔 pic.twitter.com/5BvliutC8f
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) May 15, 2022
Andrew Symond’s demise is shocking news for all of us to absorb. Not only was he a brilliant all-rounder, but also a live-wire on the field. I have fond memories of the time we spent together in Mumbai Indians.
May his soul rest in peace, condolences to his family & friends. pic.twitter.com/QnUTEZBbsD
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 15, 2022