|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 187 cm
in meters- 1.87 m
in feet & inches- 6’ 1”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 80 kg
in pounds- 176 lbs
|Body Measurements (approx.)||- Chest: 44 inches
- Waist: 34 inches
- Biceps: 14 inches
|International Debut||ODI- 10 November 1998 vs Pakistan at Gaddafi Stadium
Test- 8 March 2004 vs Sri Lanka at Galle International Stadium
T20- 17 February 2005 vs New Zealand at Eden Park
|Jersey Number||#63 (Australia)|
|Domestic/State Team||Queensland Bulls|
|Coach/Mentor||Jason Neil Gillespie|
|Batting Style||Right Handed Bat|
|Bowling Style||Right-arm medium|
|Records (main ones)||• In August 1995, he hit 16 sixes in a first-class innings and scored a total of 254 runs against Glamorgan at Abergavenny.
• In the same match, he hit twenty sixes during a first-class match against Glamorgan at Abergavenny.
|Awards, Achievements||• In 1995, he won the Cricket Writer's Club Young Cricketer of the Year award in English county Gloucestershire.
• He is one of only 22 players who scored more than 5000+ runs and took 100+ wickets in ODI cricket.
|Date of Birth||9 June 1975 (Monday)|
|Birthplace||Birmingham, Warwickshire, England|
|Date of Death||14 May 2022|
|Place of Death||Townsville, Queensland|
|Age (at the time of death)||46 Years|
|Death Cause||Road accident The Indian Express|
|School||• All Souls St Gabriels School, Australia
• All Saints Anglican School, Australia
|College/University||Ballarat Clarendon College, Australia|
|Controversies||• Monkeygate Scandal:
In 2008, Symonds accused Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh of racist comments on field. He said that Harbhajan called him a monkey in the 2008 New Year Test in Sydney. Harbhajan denied the accuses, but was banned for three matches for racial comments. The ban was removed soon. In an interview, Symonds said that he started drinking after the incident because the way it was handled was not correct and he was upset because his teammates were also involved in the controversy. In 2009, he was sent back from the ICC Men's T20 World Cup due to his alcoholic behaviour. His central Cricket Australia contract was torn up, and he never played for Australia again. In 2018, Symonds said that Harbhajan cried while apologizing to him for the monkeygate incident that occurred in 2008. To this, Harbhajan tweeted,
WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN ??? BROKE DOWN ???? WHAT FOR ???
India Today ANI
• Removal of AHM advertisement:
In 2020, Symonds was featured in an advertisement for ahm insurance for a marketing campaign of chiropractor cover. In the advertisement, he was shown hip-and-shouldering a production assistant. The ad was in reference to Symonds hitting a player during a match in Queensland in 2008. There were many complaints against the advertisement stating that it made fun of assault in the workplace. The ad was later removed. SmartCompany
|Relationships & More|
|Marital Status (at the time of death)||Married|
|Wife/Spouse||• Brooke Marshall (ex-wife) (m. 2004– div. 2005)
• Laura Symonds (m. 2012)
|Parents||Father- Ken Symonds
Mother- Barbara Symonds
|Siblings||He had three siblings, one of his sister's name is Louise Symonds.|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Andrew Symonds
- Andrew Symonds was an Australian cricketer who is known for being the most controversial international cricketer. He died on 14 May 2022 in a car accident in Townsville, Queensland.
- Symonds’s birth parents belonged to different backgrounds. One of them was of African-Caribbean background, and the other was of Scandinavian descent. He was adopted at the age of three by Ken and Barbara after which he moved to Australia.
- He was interested in sports from an early age. In an interview, he talked about his interest and said,
Dad was cricket mad. He’d throw balls to me five or six days a week, before school, after school. And we’d play all sorts of games inside the house with ping-pong balls and Christmas decorations.”
- Symonds played his junior cricket for the Wanderers club for which he had to make a 270-kilometre return trip twice a week.
- In 1994, he became the AIS Australian Cricket Academy scholarship holder. In 1995, he was selected for the England tour of Pakistan, but he decided not to go.
- When he was a part of the Queensland state team, he scored more than 5,000 runs and took more than 100 wickets. He has played for four countries during his career including Gloucestershire, Kent, Lancashire, and Surrey.
- During the initial phase of his international career, he was not able to make a remark as a batsman or bowler, but his fielding was praised. He was not even a part of the playing eleven at that time. He got a chance to show his game in the 2003 Cricket World Cup. His performance in the match against Pakistan was considered one of the best knocks in one-day cricket history.
- In 2007, crowds at the One Day Series in Vadodara, Nagpur and Mumbai were seen monkey chanting to offend Symonds. The incident was denied by the BCCI which claimed that the people were worshipping Lord Hanuman.
- In 2008, he hit a streaker during the Commonwealth Bank Series.
- In 2008, he played for Deccan Chargers in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He was the second most expensive player to be bought for US$1,350,000. In 2011, he was bought by Mumbai Indians for US$850,000.
- In 2008, during the August 2008 series against Bangladesh in Darwin, he was not allowed to play because he missed a team meeting and went fishing. In an interview, the captain talked about this and said,
The main concern from us is Andrew’s commitment, to playing for this team and, in my opinion and I know the rest of the leadership team’s opinion, you need to be committed 100 per cent.”
- He was a big fan of the Brisbane Broncos since childhood. In 2002, when he was not able to perform well in matches, it was considered that he would switch to rugby league.
- Reportedly, Symonds was an aggressive man. In 2008, Symonds hit a man in a club who was trying to hug him.
- In 2009, while he was drunk, he gave a radio interview and made a controversial remark about Brendon McCulluma.
- In 2011, he made a cameo in the Bollywood film Patiala House. In the same year, he appeared as a contestant on the Indian reality show Bigg Boss 5. During the show, he faced a language barrier, due to which, Pooja Misrra, had to return to the show as a translator for him. In an interview, he talked about his participation in the show and said,
I have been travelling to India for so many years now for cricket. I have so many friends here, so foraying into showbiz here seemed like a natural decision.”
- In 2012, Symonds retired from all forms of cricket.
- In 2013, Ricky Ponting, in his autobiography At the Close of Play, said that Symonds was a victim of abuse, and he was guilty that he could not help him.
- In 2018, in an interview, Yuzvendra Chahal revealed that Symonds’ wife once cooked butter chicken for him in Australia.
- In an interview, Stephen Gray, the writer of Symonds’s autobiography revealed that once, Symonds and two of his friends went swimming, but they went deep in water. They had to swim for more than three hours to come back to the island.
- Symonds and Michael Clarke were really good friends, but due to some reasons, their friendship was ruined. In an interview, Symonds confessed that Michael started getting jealous because of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He further said,
Money does funny things. It’s a good thing but it can be a poison and I reckon it may have poisoned our relationship.”
- In an interview, he revealed that he went bald and donated his dreadlocks to the leukaemia affected children.
- Symonds was called by the name ‘Roy’ by his sports coach because he liked the former Basketball player Leroy Loggins.
- The two eye-witnesses of Symonds death, Waylon Townson and his girlfriend Babetha Neliman, talked about the scene and said,
When we got there we could see a car upside down with a man in it. He was partially hanging out of the motor with the country music he was listening to still playing. One of the dog was very sensitive and didn’t want to leave him. It would just growl at you every time we tried to move him or go near him.”
- After he died on 14 May 2022, to pay tribute to him, a minute’s silence was kept by the players in a match between Kent and Surrey during the 2022 County Championship and a Fishing Rods for Roy campaign was also launched keeping in view his interest in fishing. Many cricket fans in Australia kept the fishing rods and cricket balls outside their houses.
- After his death, his sister, Louise, penned down a heartbreaking note for her brother and wrote,
Gone far too soon!“Rest in peace Andrew. I wish we had one more day, one more phone call. My heart is broken. I will always love you my brother.”
- In an interview, his wife, Laura talked about the demise of her husband and said,
We are still in shock – I’m just thinking of the two kids. He was such a big person, and there is just so much of him in his kids. He was the most laidback person. Nothing stressed him out. He was an extremely chilled operator. So practical. He was never good with his phone, but he always had time for everyone.”
- Many Indian cricketers expressed condolence on Symond’s death. In a tweet, Virat Kohli wrote,
Shocking and saddening to hear of Andrew Symonds passing. May his soul RIP and God give strength to his family in this difficult moment.”
Shocking and saddening to hear of Andrew Symonds passing. May his soul RIP and God give strength to his family in this difficult moment. 🙏🏻
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) May 15, 2022
- In another tweet, Sachin Tendulkar expressed grief and wrote,
Andrew Symond’s demise is shocking news for all of us to absorb. Not only was he a brilliant all-rounder, but also a live-wire on the field. I have fond memories of the time we spent together in Mumbai Indians. May his soul rest in peace, condolences to his family & friends.”
Andrew Symond’s demise is shocking news for all of us to absorb. Not only was he a brilliant all-rounder, but also a live-wire on the field. I have fond memories of the time we spent together in Mumbai Indians.
May his soul rest in peace, condolences to his family & friends. pic.twitter.com/QnUTEZBbsD
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 15, 2022
- In an interview, he talked about his love for fishing and said,
I have had a love for fishing since I can remember. My earliest memories would have been fishing for black bream in the Burdekin River.”
- He was often spotted drinking on various occasions.
- He was an avid dog lover and often posted pictures of them on social media.