Former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds died on Saturday night, leaving the cricketing world in sadness. He was 46 years old at the time.

According to the Courier-Mail, Symonds was involved in an automobile accident outside of Townsville, where he lived. He was the lone passenger in the vehicle.

According to Queensland Police, the single-car accident happened near Hervey Range, when Symonds' vehicle off the road and overturned. Paramedics attempted but failed to rescue him.

His demise follows the shocking losses of other Australian cricket legends Shane Warne and Rod Marsh earlier this year.

The popular all-rounder was a deadly hitter who, depending on the occasion, could bowl medium pace or off-spin. He was a vital player of Australia's World Cup-winning ODI sides in 2003 and 2007, appearing in 198 ODIs and accumulating 5088 runs while collecting 133 wickets.

Symonds went from being regarded as a white-ball specialist to becoming a terrific Test player with an exceptional record. He played 26 games in the baggy green, scoring 1462 runs at a 40.61 average.

Cricket fans once questioned if Symonds would ever achieve his full potential. On occasion, he made useful contributions to the ODI team, but he seldom delivered the match-winning performances that a player of his calibre was capable of.

All of that changed in South Africa during the 2003 World Cup. Symonds was selected in the side at the suggestion of Ricky Ponting, one of his strongest fans, and struck his first international century against Pakistan in the tournament opener.

Symonds' undefeated 91 in the semi-final against Sri Lanka was crucial in Australia's victory against India in the final, and he immediately felt he belonged at the highest level. Symonds made his Test debut in 2004 and scored his first century for Australia against England at the MCG the following year.