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Former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds has died in a car accident.  His untimely demise has come as a huge shock to the cricketing world.  At around 10.30pm on Saturday night, his car suddenly veered off the road on Harvey Range Road near Ellis River Bridge, a few kilometers from Townsville.  Due to which he died in this accident.  Andrew Symonds was alone in the car at the time.  

Symonds is regarded as one of the most influential cricketers in Australia.  Apart from being an aggressive batsman, he was also a fine bowler and a terrific fielder with laser throws .  He used to bowl medium pace and off spin according to the condition of the pitch.  In the 2003 Cricket World Cup, he played a combative innings against Pakistan.  Symonds then scored a century in that match to help Australia win.

 The year was the 2003 World Cup.  Shane Watson was injured and Andrew Symonds was called.  He arrived in South Africa.  Until then, the world had seen glimpses of his game but his place in the team was not certain.  But captain Ricky Ponting had faith in him.

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 Even before the start of the tournament, Australia had a lot of trouble.  Shane Warne has been banned for taking banned drugs.  He had returned home.  Darren Lehmann was also suspended and Michael Bevan was injured.  That is, there were difficulties in front of the team.  But  Australia always had the knack of fighting difficult situations .  One or the other player would come forward and handle the situation .  A similar match was against Pakistan in the 2003 World cup .

 Pakistan bowling attack comprised of superstars like Wasim Akram , Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akthar. Australia lost four wickets at a score of 84 already .  Symonds then went down to bat at number six.  He landed and the match  started to turn.  When Ponting was out for 53 , Symonds scored 34 off 50 balls till then .

 Symonds then began to take control of the game .  His next 109 runs came off 75 balls.  And during this time Australia scored 164 runs.  “We had faith in his talent and we knew he could do it,” Ponting said.  In his unbeaten innings of 143 runs, he hit 18 fours and 2 sixes.  Australia scored 310 for 8 and Pakistan piled up 228 to lose the match comfortably .  Symonds  then scored 91 against Sri Lanka in the semifinals.

Watch the below video highlights  of Symonds special knock of 143 v Pakistan in world cup 2003 

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