Andrew Symonds

Country: Australia
Born: June 09, 1975, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England
Height: 1.87 m
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium, Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Allrounder
Died: May 14, 2022 (aged 46y 339d)

Andrew Symonds Bio

Andrew Symonds, a charismatic and enigmatic cricket player, brought excitement and flair to the game with his powerful hitting and brilliant fielding skills. Born in Birmingham, England, on June 9, 1975, Symonds had dreams of playing for Australia since a young age. He pursued his passion and eventually became one of Australia’s most memorable cricketers.

Symonds burst onto the scene with his explosive batting abilities, showcasing his incredible power and ability to hit sixes. His most remarkable performance came when he represented Gloucestershire against Glamorgan at Abergavenny in 1995. In the first innings, Symonds smashed a world-record 16 sixes, and went on to hit 20 in the match, another world record. Despite his extraordinary achievements, Symonds always prioritized team success over personal records.

However, Symonds’ uncontrolled shot-selection and off-field troubles often hindered his progress in the game. His former coach, Toot Byron, admitted to disliking watching him bat due to his lack of control. Despite his frequent innings of brilliance where he would score runs at an astounding rate, he would often fall victim to his own shot-selection and get out at crucial moments.

Symonds became infamous for his off-field behavior, frequently finding himself in trouble. He turned up barefoot and wearing a cowboy hat to a meeting with Cricket Australia’s CEO, displaying his larrikin personality. He also faced suspension after turning up drunk before a match during the 2005 Ashes tour. Despite these setbacks, Symonds managed to turn his career around with one remarkable innings that changed everything.

During the 2003 World Cup, Symonds rescued Australia from a dire situation against Pakistan. Unexpectedly thrust into the team, he crafted an unbeaten 143 off just 125 balls, his first century in one-day internationals. This innings showcased his maturity and control, solidifying his role as a valuable player for the Australian side. From that point forward, Symonds became an integral part of the team, consistently delivering match-winning performances with both bat and ball.

Symonds’ success wasn’t limited to the limited-overs format of the game. In 2004, he earned a Test call-up but struggled to replicate his one-day success. Despite facing numerous challenges, including struggles against Andrew Flintoff and inconsistent performances, Symonds displayed his prodigious talent with a career-high innings of 156 against England in his second Test match.

Symonds found his greatest success during the 2007-08 season, where he excelled in Tests and became the most popular overseas player during the Indian Premier League auction. His stunning unbeaten 162 against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground remains one of his finest innings. However, controversy followed him, as he became embroiled in a race row with Harbhajan Singh during that series.

Despite his talent and on-field prowess, Symonds’ off-field behavior continued to plague him. His frequent breaches of team rules and disagreements with teammates ultimately led to his downfall. Struggling with injuries and inconsistent performances, Symonds retired from the longer formats of the game in 2012 and shifted his focus to Twenty20 cricket.

Symonds played for various domestic teams, including Queensland, Deccan Chargers in the IPL, and Surrey. His career as a T20 specialist showcased his immense hitting prowess and ability to entertain crowds. However, he ultimately retired from all forms of cricket in February 2012.

Andrew Symonds will be remembered as a talented cricketer who possessed incredible power, unbridled charisma, and a knack for entertaining the fans. Despite his off-field challenges, his contributions to Australian cricket and his unforgettable innings will cement his place in the annals of the sport’s history.

Andrew Symonds Career Stats

Andrew Symonds Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 26 41 5 1462 162* 40.61 2256 64.8 2 10 154 28 22 0
T20Is 14 11 4 337 85* 48.14 199 169.34 0 2 33 10 3 0
ODIs 198 161 33 5088 156 39.75 5504 92.44 6 30 449 103 82 0
FC 227 376 33 14477 254* 42.2 - - 40 65 - - 159 0
List A 424 377 51 11099 156 34.04 - - 9 64 - - 187 0
T20s 93 85 19 2141 117* 32.43 1453 147.35 2 12 194 83 42 0

Andrew Symonds Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 26 41 2094 896 24 3/50 5/56 37.33 2.56 87.2 0 0 0
T20Is 14 12 185 277 8 2/14 2/14 34.62 8.98 23.1 0 0 0
ODIs 198 158 5935 4955 133 5/18 5/18 37.25 5 44.6 2 1 0
FC 227 - 17633 8714 242 6/105 - 36 2.96 72.8 - 2 0
List A 424 - 11714 9379 282 6/14 6/14 33.25 4.8 41.5 2 4 0
T20s 93 75 1237 1657 52 5/18 5/18 31.86 8.03 23.7 0 1 0

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