‘Really hurts’: With Symonds’ death, cricket world in mourning again

A little over two months ago, Andrew Symonds posted about his devastation at the death of his former teammate, Shane Warne.

“I’m hoping this is all a bad dream I just can’t get my head around never seeing you again,” Symonds wrote.

“Love to all the Warne family I’m speechless.”

On Sunday, the Australian cricket community was again shocked and in mourning, this time for Symonds, who died in a car accident aged 46.

Tributes rolled in from around the world for Symonds, who was instrumental in Australia’s international cricket dominance during the early to mid-2000s.

Andrew Symonds died on Saturday night.Credit:Jason South

Former teammate and Australian cricket legend Adam Gilchrist wrote on Twitter that Symonds’ passing “really hurts,” while Pakistan cricket great Shoaib Akhtar said he was “devastated”.

Former Australian cricket Jason Gillespie said the news was horrendous to wake up to. “We are all gonna miss you mate,” he tweeted.

Ash Gardner, a member of Australian’s dominant women’s team, said she was “heartbroken,” and ex-England Test skipper Michael Vaughan said it “didn’t feel real”.


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