The cricket world is still in shock after former Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds passed away on Saturday night. The 46-year-old was involved in a tragic car accident outside Townsville, where the Queenslander lived.

While Queensland Police and authorities are finding the real reason behind the car crash, a local resident, who found Symonds in his vehicle about two minutes after the accident, has revealed what exactly happened.

The witness, Waylon Townson, mentioned that he tried to revive the cricketer, but there was nothing he could do. Townson told the Nine Network that he had heard the crash and was first at the scene. Townson said he tried to pull Symonds out of his car and did CPR, but the Western Australian was unresponsive.

“He was stuck in there, so I tried to pull him out. (I) started doing CPR and checked his pulse, but I didn’t get much response from him,” the witness told 9News.

Symonds was one of the best white-ball cricketers world cricket has seen. He featured in the golden era of Australian cricket and played a huge role behind Australia’s dominance in the limited-overs format. Symonds, who was popularly known as ‘Roy’, made his international debut in 1998 in an ODI against Pakistan.

The Birmingham-born never looked back and went on to play 198 ODIs, scoring 5088 runs with six centuries and 30 fifties. The right-armer also picked up 133 wickets in the 50-over format, with 5/18 being his best performance. Symonds played 26 Tests and 14 T20Is as well, in which he made 1462 and 337 runs, respectively. He bagged 24 scalps in the red-ball format and 8 in T20Is.


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