Cricket lovers had been recalling the long-lasting story of Andrew Symonds coping with a streaker following the loss of life of the previous Australian world.
On Sunday, it used to be introduced that Symonds, 46, had died after being fascinated about a automotive crash. Queensland Police launched a observation pronouncing that investigations indicated his car “left the roadway and rolled.”
The observation added: “Emergency services attempted to revive the 46-year-old driver and sole occupant, however, he died of his injuries. The forensic crash unit is investigating.”
The common Symonds performed 26 Tests, 198 one-day internationals and 14 Twenty20s for Australia between 1998 and 2009. Poignantly, the primary of his two Test centuries got here on the MCG Boxing Day Ashes Test in 2006 – the similar fit by which Shane Warne took his 700th wicket.
But Symonds, who used to be additionally fascinated about two World Cup wins with the Baggy Greens, was famend for extra than simply his on-field play. And in 2008, he ensured a spot in folklore all the way through an ODI in opposition to India at The Gabba.
With the hosts 34-3 in pursuit of a victory goal of 260, the Queenslander used to be on the crease when play used to be inadvertently held up. A streaker escaped from the stands in Brisbane and proceeded to run in opposition to the center, inflicting a pissed off Symonds to step clear of the crease.
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The intruder gave the impression to in finding his interruption comical – till he were given close to the batsman himself. Clearly unimpressed, and now not in need of to look forward to stewards to catch him, Symonds stepped out and shoulder barged the streaker instantly to the ground.
The collision left the fan flat at the deck, and simple pickings for the officers who then rounded on him prior to escorting him away. Even the India gamers had been in stitches as Symonds nonchalantly went again to his crease to proceed issues.
On Twitter, lovers remembered the instant fondly, with one writing: “Was talking about this not long ago, one of the best moments in sports I have seen.” Another added: “My favourite Andrew Symonds moment! Larger than life character and someone I grew up watching. Another cricketing legend taken from us. So so sad.”
Indeed, in what has been a harrowing time for Australian cricket, Symonds’ loss of life comes two months after the passing of Shane Warne. The mythical spinner died while on vacation in Koh Samui, elderly 52.