Andrew Symonds: Australian all-round great loved by teammates – Sport


Andrew Symonds, who died Saturday night in a 46-year-old car accident, was immediately spotted in a cricket field pulling dreadlocks out of his green bag and lips glistening with white zinc cream.

The presence of hulking at 6ft 2in (1.87m) with a wide smile like his shoulders, with equally talented bowling spin or medium speed.

Despite his size, Symonds was a lithe and athletic presence in the world, with protective hands such as a bucket and a throwing laser that saw him mimic one of the game’s biggest players.

But he was still in his own destructive moment holding a bat in his hands.

Symphs – nicknamed “Roy” played in 26 Tests and 198 50 games over Australia in an international career that lasted more than a decade, from 1998 to 2009.

An important member of Australia in 2003 and 2007 Teams that won the ODI World Cup, Symonds took 133 wickets and scored 5,088 runs in a total of 39.75 in that format.

He passed three of six times in the 50-plus game with 50 more than 30 appearances, and a top score of 156 against New Zealand in 2005.

In the test, mostly hitting number six, he scored 1,462 runs in a healthy average of 40.61, two hundred and 10.

The Symonds were only used as occasional football in a five-day game, taking only 24 touchdowns.

His best 162 innings did not come out against India in the 2008 New Year’s Eve test – but was overshadowed by the “Monkeygate” mockery that broke out later in the match.

Symphs accuses shooter Harbhajan Singh of calling him a “monkey” during an angry third day.

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Singh, who has denied any wrongdoing, was suspended for three matches, but the ban was lifted when India threatened to stop touring, sending cricket relations from India-Australia to a much lower level.

Coming of age

Symonds was born in Birmingham, England, on June 9, 1975, when her parents, Ken and Barbara, took her when she was 15 months old.

They moved to Australia shortly thereafter, and settled in the northern Queensland town of Charters Towers.

Favored by the team’s players, he was nicknamed “Leroy” by an academy coach in the early 1990s who thought he looked like Queensland basketball player Leroy Loggins.

It was abridged from “Roy” and was known for his love for sobriquet all his life.

In 1995, he refused to be called up to his native country to play for England A, and three years later made his debut in Australia against Pakistan.

For the same opponents in the opening match of the 2003 World Cup where Symphs grew up.

A shocking election at the behest of Ricky Ponting, Symphs won the trust of his captain in his first international career.

The 143 wins match was made in Johannesburg in a proud attack all the time by Wasim Akram, Shohaib Akhtar, Waqar Younis and Shahid Afridi. It tightened the Smonds position on the side.

Symphs loved simple pleasures in life and was far from happy to be away from home with a beer or a fishing rod, even though he had a problem with alcohol on more than one occasion.

In 2005, he arrived in the ODI against Bangladesh in England who had been drunk the night before.

In June 2009, Symonds was sent home from World Twenty20 in England for a “alcohol-related incident” and had his Cricket Australia contract revoked.

After staying in the Indian Premier League with the Deccan Chargers and the Indians of Mumbai, Symonds retired in 2011 to become a common voice in the comment box.

He has also played in the English County Championship in Gloucestershire, Kent and Surrey. Symphs is survived by his wife, Laura, and two young children, Chloe and Billy.

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