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Former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds dies in car crash

Former Australian test cricketer and two-time World Cup winner Andrew Symonds has died following a car accident in Queensland, Cricket Australia confirmed on Sunday.

Symonds was aged 46. He had played 26 tests for Australia.

Police said the accident occurred in Hervey Range, 50km from Townsville on Saturday night.

The car Symonds was driving left the road and rolled, according to a police statement, which described it as a single vehicle incident.

“Australian cricket has lost another of its very best,” said Cricket Australia chairman Lachlan Henderson in a statement.

“Andrew was a generational talent who was instrumental in Australia’s success at World Cups and as part of Queensland’s rich cricket history. He was a cult figure to many who was treasured by his fans and friends,” he said.

“On behalf of Australian cricket, our deepest sympathies are with Andrew’s family, team-mates, and friends,” he added.

Symonds was a member of Australia’s World Cup-winning teams in 2003 and 2007 and appeared in 198 one-day internationals in addition to 26 tests from 2004 to 2008.

Known for his swashbuckling middle order batting displays, he was an accomplished all-rounder who could bowl both off-spin and medium pace.

Queensland Police said an investigation into the crash has been opened.

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