Australian all-rounder Simmons dies in car accident


Andrew Symonds attended a memorial service for former teammate Shane Warne in early March.

Former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds has died at the age of 46 in a car accident.

The all-rounder played 26 tests, 198 one-day internationals and 14 Twenty20s matches for Australia from 1998 to 2009.

A powerful hitter, a clever bowler, and a great fielder, Symonds was part of Australia’s Ashes victories and two World Cup wins at 50-over in the 2006-07 World Cup.

Born in Birmingham, Symonds played county cricket in England in Kent, Gloucestershire, Lancashire and Surrey.

He holds the joint record for most six hits in a county championship innings. He hit 16 in a knockout in Gloucestershire against Glamorgan in 1995, until Ben Stokes improved his totals last week.

His death is another major loss to Australian cricket following the deaths of former wicket keeper Rod Marsh and legendary spinner Shane Warne earlier this year.

Simmons is best known for averaging 39.75 points and 5,088 points and allowing 133 wickets in one-day cricket games.

He scored the first of two test bags in the 2006 Boxing Day Ashes Test, giving Australia 156 hits as they won 99 innings and runs.

However, his career was not without controversy. In 2009 he England return from the World Cup For disciplinary reasons that brought the end of his international career.

During their 2005 tour of England, in a match against Bangladesh in Cardiff, he was drunk and missed two one-day international matches.

In August 2008 he was sent home after missing a mandatory team meeting to go fishing in the Australian One-Day Series against Bangladesh in Darwin.



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