Andrew Symonds, who used to play cricket for Australia, died in a car crash in Queensland.
Symonds, who was 46, was killed in a single-car accident late on Saturday, according to a report that quotes a statement from his family confirming his death.
Andrew Symonds was an Australian Test star and two-time World Cup winner. He was killed in a car crash in Queensland, which shocked the cricket world.
Mark Taylor is the former captain of the Australian cricket team. He says that the man known as "Roy" will be remembered as a fun player who didn't care about rules and regulations.
Taylor was one of many big names in the game who paid tribute to the 46-year-old after he died in a tragic accident on Saturday night.
The shocking news comes just over two months after the sudden deaths of Shane Warne, the king of spin bowling, and Rod Marsh, a former wicket-keeper for the Test team.
Taylor said on Nine that Symonds was "fun to watch with the bat and a big guy."
"He was a performer at a time when professionalism was just a word that was thrown around," the man said. "He wanted to go outside and have fun playing the game he used to play as a child." He sometimes got in trouble for not going to training or drinking too much, but that was how he lived his life and how he wanted to play cricket.
Allan Border, a former Australian captain, told Nine, "In a way, he was a bit of an old-fashioned cricketer. He liked to try new things. He liked fishing, hiking, and camping. People liked how easygoing he was. He hit the ball far and only wanted to have fun."
Symonds was in an accident with just one car late on Saturday. The crash happened at Hervey Range, which is about 50 km from Townsville. The Queensland Police are looking into what happened.
A police statement said, "Early information suggests the car was being driven on Hervey Range Road near Alice River Bridge around 11 p.m. when it left the road and rolled." "Emergency workers tried to save the driver and only passenger, who was 46 years old, but he died from his injuries."
In his tribute to the great all-rounder, Cricket Australia chair Lachlan Henderson talked about how Symonds helped Australian and Queensland cricket.
"One of Australia's best cricket players has died. Andrew was a great player who helped Australia win World Cups and was an important part of Queensland's long cricket history, he said.
"Many people looked up to him, and his fans and friends loved him. On behalf of Australian cricket, Andrew's family, teammates, and friends have our deepest condolences."
Chris Simpson, who was the chair of Queensland Cricket and played with Symonds on the Bulls, said, "It is a devastating loss for those closest to him and his many friends, who come from all over the world of cricket."
His untimely death will also hurt the many fans who loved watching him play with the bat, the ball, and on the field. We are all in pain and will miss him very much.
When rivals from other countries heard about Symonds' death, they were also shocked and saddened.
Shoaib Akhtar, a former fast bowler for Pakistan, wrote on Twitter, "Devastated to hear that Andrew Symonds died in a car accident in Australia. We got along great both on and off the field. We are thinking of and praying for the family."
Former India bowler Anil Kumble wrote on Twitter, "It's sad to hear that Andrew Symonds has died. His family, friends, and well-wishers are in our thoughts."
Symonds played in 26 Tests for Australia. He scored 1462 runs at an average of 40.61 and took 24 wickets with his off-spin and medium-speed bowling.
In the 2008 Sydney Test against India, he scored a brilliant 162 runs without being out. This helped Australia win by 122 runs, but the game would later be tainted by the Monkeygate scandal.
Symonds said that Harbhajan Singh, an Indian spinner, called him a "monkey." This started a war of words between the two teams, and India threatened to go home after Singh was suspended for three games.
But the man they called "Roy" was at his best when he played white-ball. The big-hitting all-rounder was a fan favorite in short-form games. In 198 one-day internationals, he scored 5088 runs and took 133 wickets.
The Queenslander was also a great fielder. He was known for getting a run out or making a crazy catch right when his team needed it. Australia won the World Cup in 2003 and 2007 with the help of Symonds, who played with the bat, the ball, and in the field.
In Australia's first match of the 2003 tournament in Johannesburg, he scored 143 against Pakistan, which was led by Wasim Akram. This showed the cricket world that he had arrived. The right-handed player with dreadlocks won the game by hitting 18 fours and two sixes in just 125 balls.
At the time, it was Australia's best score ever at a World Cup. In the semi-final against Sri Lanka, Symonds came to bat when his team was struggling at 3-53.
He scored 91 runs without making a mistake, which helped the defending champions get to 7-212. This was too much for the Sri Lankans to handle in a rainy match. In the final, it was easy for Ricky Ponting's team to beat India.
Australia didn't need Symonds to do much for them at the 2007 World Cup. They breezed through their pool games and beat Sri Lanka easily in the final game in Barbados.
Symonds finished his two World Cups with two winner's medals, an average of 103, a strike rate of 93.29, and the love of fans all over the world.
Former Australian captain Ian Chappell said, "I think it's the fear he gives the other team by being able to clear the boundary so often." "He is going to give you some ways out. He can catch anything, and he has been very good with the ball for a long time now.
In recent years, Symonds had been a TV commentator for Fox Sports and a regular voice on Big Bash League broadcasts.