Andrew Symonds: The 5 best moments of Roy’s career

One of the more enigmatic players in Australian history, Andrew Symonds shone brightly in a career more defined by limited overs success than Test longevity.

Better known these days for his outspoken opinions on the modern game and the current sports landscape in Australia as a whole, there was once a time when many experts thought Andrew Symonds’ One Day International talents wouldn’t transfer to the longest form of the game.

While he can’t boast a lengthy run of success at Test level, the man affectionately known as Roy turned in some phenomenal performances over his career for Australia.

  1. 5 The time he smashed a streaker

    Ok, so maybe this one doesn't say much about the undoubted cricketing ability of the man, but does anything really sum up Andrew Symonds' more than the time he lowered the shoulder and dropped a streaker at the Gabba in 2008?

    In the second final match against long-time rivals India, after a summer of heated exchanges, a Brisbane native felt the need to strip off and run out onto the field of play. Having done a good job of avoiding security, he got right to the centre of the wicket before he met the immovable object the was the right shoulder of all-rounder Symonds, who levelled the streaker with a solid shoulder charge and left him prone for security to nab him and get him out of the way.

    In the game, Symonds managed a score of 42 in Australia's disappointing total of 249, which was 9 runs short of the Indian total set in the first innings.

  2. 4 151 vs Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 2006

    With Australia reeling at 3/10 following the early loss of Adam Gilchrist, Simon Katich and Damien Martyn, Andrew Symonds strode to the middle of the Sydney Cricket Ground to join captain Ricky Ponting.

    Sri Lanka's Chaminda Vaas and Ruchira Perera were bowling with some serious venom, but Roy and his skipper settled things down before sharing a partnership of 237 runs across a little over 36 overs. The huge stand turned things back in Australia's favour and Symonds would score 151 in their total of 5/368 from 50 overs.

    Symond's massive knock came off just 127 balls and confirmed his status as one of the elite hitters of a cricket ball in world cricket while Australia won the game by 167 runs despite the best efforts of a fighting Russel Arnold.

  3. 3 156 vs England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 2006

    Former Australian captain Mark Taylor called it his coming of age, and it's hard to argue as, with Australia under the pump and losing wickets consistently to the English attack, Andrew Symonds joined Matthew Hayden at the crease and plundered runs with an ease at odds to the wickets that had tumbled prior.

    Together, the pair of strapping Queenslanders would put on a partnership of 279 runs for the 6th wicket before Hayden fell for a well-crafted 153. Symonds would finish 3 runs better with a score of 156 as Australia steered themselves away from the brink and built a lead big enough to win the Test match by an innings an 99 runs.

    In his first real opportunity in Test cricket, Symonds showed he could combine his normal belligerent bludgeoning of the ball with patience, understanding and a touch of guile to craft an innings under immense pressure.

  4. 2 162 not out vs India at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 2008

    While the game itself is probably best remembered for the controversy and heated exchanges between the two sides, Andrew Symonds would rise above the 'Monkeygate' issue to notch a match-winning 162 unbeaten as the Indian bowling attack of Harbhajan Singh, Anil Kumble, Ishant Sharma and RP Singh had no answers to the Queenslander.

    At 6/134, Australia were under the pump in their first innings when Symonds came to the crease and set about turning the tide in the contest. After surviving a couple of early chances, Symonds scored his second Test hundred and played a huge role in a momentous victory against a bitter rival.

  5. 1 143 not out vs Pakistan at New Wanderers in 2003

    Every great career comes with a defining knock, the one that stands as a testament to the runs to come, and for Andrew Symonds, his came in South Africa in 2003 during the World Cup.

    On the back of the Shane Warne diuretics scandal, Australia's 2003 World Cup bid looked destined to struggle but after a poor run of form in the lead-up to the tournament, Symonds became the unlikely hero for the Aussies.

    At 4/86 against a strong Pakistan outfit featuring Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar, Waqar Younis and Shahid Afridi, Australia were under the pump when Symonds joined Ricky Ponting at the crease.

    143 runs unbeaten from just 125 balls, peppered with 18 fours and 2 sixes later and Andrew Symonds was announced as a genuine match-winner at the ODI level.

    From there, Australia would win the World Cup without losing a game.

    What are your best memories from the career of Andrew Symonds? Let us know in the comments below.

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