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PIX: Family, friends honour Symonds at public memorial

May 27, 2022 14:42 IST
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IMAGE: Andrew Symonds' children Chloe and Will at the public memorial service at Riverway Stadium in Townsville, on Friday. Andrew Symonds passed away after a car accident on May 14, 2022. Photograph: Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images

Former Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds was remembered as a rare cricket talent and "mischievous character" at a public memorial in the north Queensland city of Townsville on Friday.

 

Symonds, who played 238 internationals, including 26 Tests, for Australia between 1998-2009, died at the age of 46 after rolling his car off a road near Townsville this month.

IMAGE: Andrew Symonds played 238 internationals, including 26 Tests, for Australia between 1998-2009. Photograph: Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images

Former team mates and cricket greats paid tribute at the city's Riverway Stadium, where hundreds gathered to bid farewell to the player nicknamed 'Roy'.

"The first thing I think of is his commitment to the team, to friendship, to mateship, loyal almost to a fault, his mischievous character," former Australia captain Adam Gilchrist said at the memorial.

"(He was) loyal beyond belief and just good fun."

IMAGE: A collection of memorabilia including Symonds' Test cap, his bat and fishing rod. Photograph: Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images

A swashbuckling batsman and brilliant fielder, Symonds was a larger-than-life character renowned for butting heads with team management over discipline issues.

"He wasn’t a perfect person and he never pretended to be," said former team mate Matthew Mott, recently appointed coach of England's white-ball teams.

IMAGE: Andrew Symonds' wife Laur with daughter Chloe and son Will. Photograph: Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting and retired pace bowling champions Glenn McGrath and Mitchell Johnson were among guests at a separate private funeral on Friday, Australian media reported.

IMAGE: Former Australia cricketers Ian Healy, Adam Gilchrist, Darren Lehmann and Ricky Ponting. Photograph: Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images

Symonds' death came with Australian cricket still coming to terms with the passing of spin bowling icon Shane Warne and former wicketkeeper Rod Marsh, who both died in March.

IMAGE: Shane Watson with Mitchell Johnson. Photograph: Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images

IMAGE: Australia's fast bowling great Glenn McGrath. Photograph: Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images
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