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Andrew Symonds, one of Australia’s top cricketers and all-rounders dies in a road accident

Symonds is the third former Australia cricketer to have lost his life this year. In March, it were Rod Marsh's passing at the age of 74 and Shane Warne's shock death at 52.

Former Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds has died aged 46 in a car accident, about 50 kilometers outside Townsville on Saturday (May 14) night.

In a statement, Queensland Police said they were investigating the single-car crash in Hervey Range Road. “Early information indicates, shortly after 11pm the car was being driven on Hervey Range Road, near Alice River Bridge when it left the roadway and rolled.

“Emergency services attempted to revive the 46-year-old driver and sole occupant, however, he died of his injuries.”

The 46-year-old’s death comes just months after the deaths of fellow Australian greats Warne and Marsh, who both died unexpectedly from heart attacks.

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 to 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 swashbuckling right-hander was also part of the victorious World Cup side at the 2007 World Cup in West Indies as Australia claimed their fourth 50-over World Cup title.

Symonds also played 14 T20I for Australia, managing 337 runs and eight wickets.

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