Tributes to an ‘amazing player and an even better human being’ Andrew Symonds
Cricket is mourning the loss of “an amazing player and an even better human being” after the death of Andrew Symonds at the age of 46.
The former Australian all-rounder died in a single-vehicle crash in Queensland on Saturday night.
Tributes poured in from around the world for a player affectionately known as Roy.
Ricky Ponting, Symonds captain for Australia, wrote on Twitter: “If Roy shook your hand you had his word, that’s the kind of guy he was and that’s why I shook him. always wanted in my team.
“An amazing player and an even better human being. I can’t believe he’s gone. Thoughts are with his family at this time.
Symonds played 26 Tests, 198 One-Day Internationals and 14 T20s for Australia, winning the World Cup in 2003 and 2007.
His long-time international teammate Adam Gilchrist tweeted: “Think of your most loyal, fun and loving friend who would do anything for you. That’s Roy.
Former Australian manager Darren Lehmann, another former Symonds teammate, tweeted: “Take care up there big man I’m (broken heart emoji) loved him so much and our thoughts are with the family right now. Embrace your loved ones #RIPRoy”.
Fellow teammate Michael Clarke posted a heartbroken emoji in response to a video showing Symonds caught off guard during an ODI after kicking the ball from Clarke to the non-attacking side.
Symonds left saying “you owe me a beer” to Clarke, and when asked on Twitter if he had paid it back, the former Australia captain replied “I certainly did”.
Symonds, who played county cricket for Kent, Gloucestershire, Lancashire and Surrey, made a lasting impression on those he played with and against.
Indian great Sachin Tendulkar wrote: “The death of Andrew Symond is shocking news for all of us.
“Not only was he a brilliant all-rounder, but also a common thread on the pitch.
“I have fond memories of the time we spent together in Mumbai Indians. May his soul rest in peace, condolences to his family and friends.”
West Indies great Brian Lara said he had recently been in touch with Symonds and was struggling to take the news.
He tweeted: “We exchanged messages a few hours ago… what is really going on? Confused and sorry! How could we lose another iconic figure in our sport so soon RIP Roy Condolences to Andrew’s family and close friends.
Virender Sehwag, the former Indian batsman, called Symonds “one of the finest entertainers” and added “his passing is a great loss to world cricket”.
Former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene paid tribute to a “great competitor who had so much fun off the pitch” while former England seaman Matthew Hoggard tweeted: “Horrible news Roy was larger than life a real personage”.
Kent was “shocked and saddened” by the death of their “former foreign star and cult hero” while Surrey said Symonds had “left a mark on the club on and off the pitch”.
Lancashire tweeted: “We are devastated to learn of the passing of Andrew Symonds, who played for @lancscricket in 2005. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Rest in peace Symo.
Gloucestershire also paid tribute, tweeting: ‘Everyone in Gloucestershire is devastated to hear of the tragic death of Andrew Symonds. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and all who knew him at this sad time.