Australian cricket lost one of its most lovable and talented stars when Andrew Symonds died in a car accident on Saturday night, robbing the game and the nation of a man who was a lightning rod for the spectacular and the controversial during his 26-Test career.
From the moment he debuted on the world stage in 1995, the hard-hitting all-rounder stamped himself as the sort of cricketer you could never take your eyes off. At any moment he could hit a monster six, take a pivotal wicket – or, in one famous incident, deck a streaker with a shoulder charge a footy player would be proud of.
As fans mourn his tragic passing, one image that’s sure to crop up time and time again is the dreadlocked star leaping into teammate Matthew Hayden’s arms after scoring his first Test century during the 2006…
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