Ricky Ponting recalls the incident with Andrew Symonds. ProIQRA News

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Former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds has died in a recent car accident. It shocked the world, but Australian cricket fans in particular suffered in early March this year when Shane Warren and Rod Marsh both died on the same day.

Symonds, who won the World Cup in 2003 and 2007, was 46 years old when his car crashed on that terrible night. Speaking at his public funeral in Townwell, Queensland, Australia, his captain Ricky Ponting recalled a memorable event.

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The story dates back to January 2007 and was months away from the World Cup to be played in the West Indies. The former captain revealed how Symonds tore his ‘biceps’ while batting during the game, and continued batting with one arm before Ponting was called back.

“In the one-day series in Australia before he left for the 2007 World Cup, he tore his biceps while batting. We had the World Cup a few weeks later. He was trying to bat with one arm. He called out to the physio, pulled out his shirt (sleeve) and his whole bicep had basically fallen to the elbow joint. And I’ll be fine! “Ponting laughed as he remembered.

“I knew he was going to be very important for the World Cup, so I said, ‘Get him off the bloody field!'” And Go was like that. History says he was the player we knew he could win the World Cup with his bat. His work ethic was always there. He had his ups and downs with his fitness, but What he did to be a part of the World Cup was incredible, “said the former Australia captain.

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