Former teammate and Australian Test star will speak at a public memorial service on Friday for all-rounder Andrew Symonds, who died in a car accident earlier this month.
Symonds died on 14 May at the age of 46 after his car veered off the road and rolled into the Hervey Range outside Townsville in the Australian state of Queensland.
Test wicket-keepers Ian Healy and Adam Gilchrist, former Australia coach Darren Lehmann, former Queensland captain Jimmy Maher and longtime friend Matthew Mott are among the confirmed speakers, with the memorial to be streamed live at the Queensland Cricketers’ Club. Symonds’ former home ground is the Gabba in Brisbane.
An ICC report said family and close friends would gather in Townsville on Friday morning before the memorial for a private service, which of course comes with a dress code without a jacket and tie, later at Riverway Stadium. Before the public memorial.
The details of the memorial come after a period of mourning for many of Symonds’ former teammates, with tributes thick and fast for the Queenslander following his shock death.
While Symonds played only 26 Tests for Australia, he was more famous for his exploits with the white ball as he represented his country in 198 ODIs and 14 T20Is. The cricketer played a major role in being successful. World Cup campaigns in 2003 and 2007, with his hard work in the lower order and skill on the field, was a clear standout for Australia in a prime period.
He also took 133 ODI wickets with a combination of medium pace and off-spin.