The cricket world is grieving another loss of an Australian great after former Test star Andrew Symonds died in a car accident on Saturday.
The 46-year-old was involved a single-vehicle accident at Hervey Range, approximately 50km from Townsville in Queensland.
Symonds’ death continues a devastating year for Australian cricket, after the passing of legends Rod Marsh and Shane Warne from heart attacks in March.
Former Australian captain Mark Taylor said it was “another tragic day” for cricket.
“Unfortunately, I’ve been here too often, this year, under these circumstances,” he told the Nine Network. “I can’t quite believe it, to be honest. Another tragic day for cricket.”
“He was an entertainer with the bat when it came to cricket and as you say he was an imposing guy, he was a big lad.”
Tributes on social media flowed for the man affectionately known as “Roy”, who was an instrumental figure in Australia’s cricketing dominance across the Test and short-form versions of the game of the 2000s.
Former Australia teammate Adam Gilchrist wrote on Twitter how Symonds’ passing “really hurts”, while Pakistan legend Shoaib Akhtar tweeted how he was “devastated” at the news.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan also posted on Twitter how it “didn’t feel real”, while former Australian Test captain and colleague on Fox Cricket, Allan Border, spoke on his distinct style on and off the pitch.
“He hit the ball a long way and just wanted to entertain,” Border told the Nine Network. “He was, in a way, a little bit of an old-fashioned cricketer.
“He was an adventurer. Loved his fishing, he loved hiking, and camping. People liked his very laid-back style.
“Symo away from the cameras and away from the spotlight, loved, I think, a bit of solitude and that is why he loved his fishing. Loved his own time.”