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Cricketers react to tragic passing of Andrew Symonds

Andrew Symonds also part of the victorious 2007 World Cup side. Source: Cricket Australia.

Following the tragic news of the death of Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds, the cricketing world bid farewell to one of the most well-liked former stars.

A host of former Australian teammates and international stars have used social media to share their sympathies surrounding the tragic loss of Andrew Symonds.

Former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist and fast bowler Jason Gillespie – who both played alongside Symonds at the 2003 World Cup – expressed their dismay at the news.

Pakistan star Shoaib Akhtar was one of the first international players to share his thoughts saying he was “devastated to hear about Symonds passing away in a car crash. 

Former Australia cricketer and two-time World Cup winner Andrew Symonds died in a car crash on Saturday night. Symonds was the sole passenger in the crash just outside of Townsville in his home state of Queensland

Symonds averaged 40.61 with the bat from 26 Tests for his country but was perhaps more well known for his exploits in white-ball cricket. He featured in 198 ODIs – scoring six centuries and 30 half-centuries – while also contributing 133 wickets with his more than handy off-spin and medium pace.

It was at the 2003 World Cup where Symonds burst on 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.

The burly right-hander was also part of the victorious side at the 2007 World Cup in West Indies as Australia claimed their fourth title. Symonds also played 14 T20I for Australia, managing 337 runs and eight wickets.

He is the second famous Australian cricketer to tragically pass away in 2022 after leg-spinner Shane Warne died from a heart attack in Thailand in March. Former wicketkeeper Rod Marsh also passed away from a heart attack earlier this year.

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