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The cricketing world is in shock after Australian legend Andrew Symonds died in a car accident on Saturday night, aged 46.

Symonds died in a single-car accident outside of Townsville after his car left the road.

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Symonds represented Australia in 26 Test matches and also enjoyed huge success in the game’s limited formats including One Day Internationals (ODIs).

The legend’s death is the second in the space of months after Shane Warne and Rod Marsh died in March following a heart attack.

Tributes immediately poured in from all corners of the sporting world as Australia mourns the loss of one of the game’s greatest characters.

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The cricketing world is in mourning following the shock death of Andrew Symonds. (Photo by Aaron FRANCIS / AFP)Source: AFP

Speaking on Channel 9 following news of Symonds’ death, Australian cricketer Mark Taylor shared a heartfelt tribute to his mate.

“Symo. He was an adventurer,” Taylor said.

” I can not believe it. Another tragic day for cricket. Bad things happen in threes – Rod Marsh earlier this year, soon after obviously Shane Warne and now Simmo. Another terrible day for cricket.

“He loved his fishing, he loved hiking, camping.

“I took Symo one day fishing here in Sydney Harbor with ‘The Cricket Show’ many years ago and just watching him cast a lure around the boats was great to watch. He was an artist with the bat when it came to cricket, and as you say, he was a big guy.

“Everyone had designated him as a white ball player. He wanted to prove to the world that he could play test cricket and he did.

“He was just an animator. At a time when professionalism is really a throwaway word that we probably use too often. Symo was the older guy.

“He wanted to go out and have fun and play the game he remembered playing as a kid. Sometimes he got in trouble because he didn’t practice or maybe he had a few too many beers, but that’s how he lived his life and he wanted to play too at cricket.