Cricket Australia has released a statement following the tragic death of Andrew Symonds, saying it is shocked and saddened by the news.
“Australian cricket has lost another of its very best. Andrew was a generational talent who was instrumental in Australia’s success at World Cups and as part of Queensland’s rich cricket history,” said Cricket Australia Chair Lachlan Henderson.
“He was a cult figure to many who was treasured by his fans and friends.
“On behalf of Australian cricket our deepest sympathies are with Andrew’s family, team-mates, and friends.”
“Andrew was a much-loved and admired cricketer in Australia and around the world,” Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley said.
“He was a prodigious talent from an early age in Queensland with his clean ball-striking ability, shrewd spin bowling and brilliant fielding.
“He will be sadly missed by the Australian cricket community and particularly his very close friends at the Queensland Bulls where he was a popular and much-admired team-mate and friend.
“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this devastatingly sad time.”
Symonds played 26 Tests for Australia between 2004 and 2008, and 198 one-day internationals, and was a crucial member of two World Cup winning teams in 2003 and 2007.
He was one of the most exciting and versatile all-rounders of his generation, bowling both off-spin and medium pace, and played many match winning hands with his explosive hard-hitting middle order batting. He was also one of the top fielders in world cricket.
Symonds played for Queensland for 17 seasons, and was player of the match in the 2002 Pura Cup final. He also played for Gloucestershire, Kent, Lancashire and Surrey in the English County Championship and for Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians in the IPL.