Andrew Symonds, who kicked the bucket on Saturday night in a fender bender matured 46, was immediately conspicuous on the cricket field with a mop of dreadlocks jabbing out from his loose green cap and lips shining with white zinc cream.
A cumbersome presence at 6ft 2in (1.87m) with a smile as wide as his shoulders, he was a remarkably capable all-rounder similarly at home bowling turn or vivacious medium-pace.
In spite of his size, Symonds was an agile and athletic presence on the ground, with safe pail like hands and a laser toss that saw him evaluated one of the game’s most prominent defenders.
Yet, he was at his generally disastrous with a bat in his grasp.
Symonds – – nicknamed “Roy” – – played 26 Tests and 198 50-over games for Australia in a worldwide vocation traversing over 10 years, from 1998 until 2009.
A crucial individual from Australia’s 2003 and 2007 ODI World Cup-winning sides, Symonds took 133 wickets and scored 5,088 runs at a normal of 39.75 in that configuration.
He passed three figures multiple times in the 50-over game and fifty on 30 additional events, with a top score of 156 against New Zealand in 2005.
In Tests, for the most part batting at number six, he scored 1,462 runs at a solid normal of 40.61, with two hundreds and 10 fifties.
Symonds was utilized exclusively as an infrequent bowler in the five-day game, taking only 24 wickets.
His best innings of 162 not out came against India in the Sydney New Year Test of 2008 – – however it was eclipsed by the “Monkeygate” outrage that emitted later in that match.
Symonds blamed spinner Harbhajan Singh for considering him a “monkey” during a crotchety third day.
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