Affectionately nicknamed “Roy”, he was additionally a insurgent.
A take a look at a few of his memorable profession moments following his demise in a automobile crash:
Symonds got here into his personal on the 2003 one-day World Cup along with his maiden worldwide century in Australia’s tournament-opening win in opposition to Pakistan not only a breakthrough knock, however a really memorable one.
Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds in the course of the Sydney Check on January 5, 2008. (Picture by Ezra Shaw/Getty Photos)
His choice within the squad — not to mention the beginning XI — was the topic of intense hypothesis main into the occasion, however he delivered the products.
Striding to the crease in South Africa with Australia struggling at 86-4, he guided them to 310-8 with a masterly 143 not out from 125 balls, together with 18 fours and two sixes.
The innings was all of the extra astonishing given it got here in opposition to Pakistan’s vaunted assault of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhtar and Shahid Afridi as he introduced himself to the world.
Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds performed collectively for Mumbai Indians in 2011. (TOI Picture)
Amongst his 41 Check innings, few had been finer than his 156 in opposition to England in 2006.
After Damien Martyn’s shock retirement in the course of the Ashes sequence and with Shane Watson injured, Symonds was given an opportunity to bat at quantity six and he grabbed it with each arms on the Melbourne Cricket Floor.
Becoming a member of fellow Queenslander and good buddy Matthew Hayden within the center with the staff at 84-5, the pair added 279 runs for the sixth wicket.
In typical trend, a counter-punching Symonds introduced up his first Check century with a six to exhibit he had not solely the talent, however the mindset for large red-ball events.
Symonds loved a prolonged profession in English county cricket, enjoying for Kent, Lancashire and Surrey.
Nevertheless it was his stint with Gloucestershire that etched his title into the historical past books when he used brief boundaries to whack a world document 16 sixes throughout an unbeaten 254 in 1995 in opposition to Glamorgan as a 20-year-old.
The large-hitting feat was matched by Graham Napier 16 years later however stood unsurpassed till eight days in the past when new England captain Ben Stokes smashed 17 for Durham in opposition to Worcestershire.
Whereas Symonds was vastly gifted, he was additionally controversial and can perpetually be related to the notorious ‘monkeygate’ affair in 2008 which morphed into a large worldwide sporting incident.
Andrew Symonds and Harbhajan Singh in 2015. (TOI Picture)
He accused the India spinner Harbhajan Singh of constructing a racial slur throughout Sydney’s 2008 New 12 months Check, in one of many darkest days between the 2 cricketing powerhouses.
Singh, who denied any wrongdoing, was suspended for 3 matches. However the ban was overturned when India threatened to give up the tour.
Symonds felt let down by the method, and responsible for dragging his teammates into the saga. He later pinpointed it as the start of the top of his profession as he turned to alcohol.