Andrew Symonds, an Australian former all-rounder who died at the age of 46, was honored at his burial on Friday as a tremendously accomplished cricketer with “a pure heart.” Following the tragic deaths of Shane Warne and Rod Marsh, Symonds was killed in a single-vehicle accident in northern Queensland earlier this month, sending Australian cricket into yet another tailspin. Family, friends, admirers, and former teammates gathered to pay tribute to him during a public memorial service held at a stadium in Townsville, where he lived. Former cricketers Ricky Ponting, Allan Border, Adam Gilchrist, Darren Lehmann, and Ian Healy were among those who showed out to cheer on ‘Roy.’

A cricket bat, fishing rod, crab pot, and a variety of hats were placed near the timber coffin, according to local media.

“The customer service was superb. Throughout, it was sad, but there were so many wonderful recollections of a guy who gave so much of himself to so many people without wanting anything in return. He just had a pure heart, prone to getting himself into troubles like the rest of us… dedicated beyond belief, “To the press, Gilchrist remarked.

Symonds was one of Australia’s best all-rounders from 1998 to 2009, bowling off-spin and medium speed in 26 Tests and 198 one-day internationals. He was a top-notch defender who helped Australia win back-to-back 50-over World Cups in 2003 and 2007. He also had a potent middle-order batting and played multiple match-winning hands.

“Excellent bloke, fantastic teammate,” said former Australia captain Ponting, who selected Symonds for the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, when he scored a magnificent 143 not out in Australia’s first match.