Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds has died in a car crash.
The 46-year-old Australian all-rounder played 26 Tests, 198 ODIs and 14 T20I matches in his cricketing career from 1998 to 2009.
He was an aggressive batsman, a lively fielder and a good bowler. He also represented Australia in two Cricket World Cup matches and the Ashes series against England in 2006-2007.
Born in Birmingham, UK, he played county cricket for England county cricket clubs Kent, Gloucestershire, Lancashire and Surrey.
He also holds the record for most sixes in a county championship match, hitting 16 sixes against Glamorgan in 1995 while playing for Gloucestershire. Last week, Ben Stokes equaled his record.
The deaths of former wicketkeeper Rod Marsh and legendary sniper Shane Warren earlier this year are another significant loss for Australian cricket.
Symonds was known for his outstanding performances in one-day cricket, in which he scored 5,088 runs at an average of 39.75 and took 133 wickets.
He scored the first of his two Test centuries on the decisive day of the Ashes Test in 2006, scoring 156 when Australia won by an innings and 99 runs.
However, his cricketing career was marred by controversy and in 2009, he was sent home from the World Cup in England for disciplinary reasons, which ended his international career.
During the 2005 tour of England, he was dropped from two one-day internationals due to intoxication during a match against Bangladesh in Cardiff.
In August 2008, he was sent home from the one-day series against Australia in Darwin, Australia, when he left a mandatory team meeting to go fishing.
Reaction on social media
Cricketers and their fans around the world have expressed their grief and condolences on social media following the news of Andrew Symonds’ death in a car accident.
Pakistan’s speedster Rawalpindi Express and former cricketer Shoaib Akhtar wrote in their condolences over the death of Andrew. We hads a great relationship on and off the fields. Prayers for Symonds’ family.