Former Australian all-rounder and two-time World Cup winner Andrew Simmonds has died in a car crash in Queensland, Cricket Australia (CA) reported on Sunday.

Simmonds was 46 years old. Between 1998 and 2009, he played 238 matches for Australia, including 26 tests.

Police said the crash happened in Hervey Range, 50km from Townsville on Saturday night. According to police, the car driving Simmonds went off the road and rolled.

Queensland police said an investigation into the crash had begun.

“Emergency services tried to resuscitate the 46-year-old driver and the only passenger, but he died of his injuries,” police said.

CA chairman Lachlan Henderson said Australian cricket had lost “another of the best”.

“Andrew has been a talent for generations who has played an important role in Australia’s success at the World Cups and as part of Queensland’s rich history in cricket,” he said in a statement.

“He was a cult figure for many, revered by his fans and friends.

“On behalf of Australian cricket, we express our deepest sympathies to family, teammates and friends of Andrew.”

Symonds was a member of the Australian national teams that won the World Cup in 2003 and 2007, and has competed in 198 one-day international competitions in addition to 14 international T20 competitions.

Known for his cunning batting and electric fillets, he could play bullets both off the back and at a medium pace.

Everyone has appointed him a white ball player, “said former teammate Mark Taylor in an interview with Channel 9.

“He wanted to prove to the world that he could play test cricket, and he did.

“He was just an entertainer. He wanted to go out there, have fun and play the game he remembered to play as a child.

“Sometimes he got in trouble for not going to training or maybe drinking too much beer … but that’s how he lived his life and so wanted to play cricket.”

Symonds ’death came with Australian cricket still coming to terms with the deaths of all-time greats Rod Rod and Shane Warne, both of whom died in March.

Symonds ’high career-high score of 162 did not come out against India in the 2008 Sydney match, which is more memorable by the controversy surrounding it about racism.

An Indian team led by Anila Kumbla has threatened to drop the series after a judge ruled that Harbhajan Singh’s cauldron abused Symonds on a racial basis, a decision that was later overturned.

“Shocked to hear of the sudden death of Andrew Simmonds,” Harbhajan, who later played with Simmonds in the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL), wrote on Twitter.

“He left too early. Heartfelt condolences to family and friends. Prayers for the soul of the deceased.

Coomble also expressed his condolences on Twitter.

Former Pakistani bowler Shaaib Akhtar also mourned the death of his friend.

“Devastated to hear about the death of Andrew Simmonds in a car crash in Australia,” Shoaib wrote on Twitter.

“We had a great relationship on and off the field. Thoughts and prayers with family.

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