Darren Berry was to coach Shane Warne and Andrew Symonds at The Hundred this year.
Instead, the former Australian first-class cricketer is mourning the death of his teammates and great teammates just two months apart.
In 2022, Warne hired Symonds and Berry as assistants to the London Spirit’s 100-ball campaign.
But what would seem like a split second, Berry Warne and Symonds lost in a heart attack and a car accident, respectively.
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Warne died on March 4 at the age of 52 and Symonds on Saturday at the age of 46.
Berry’s first-class career has seen him play for Victoria against Warne and against Symonds, who represents Queensland.
Ian Healy and Adam Gilchrist’s Stardom Berry prevent an elite gloveman from playing international cricket with Warne and Symonds.
Hours after the news of Symonds’ death began to be filtered on Sunday, Berry made his heartbreak clear in a Twitter post.
“Too much emptying is too much,” Berry wrote.
“Significantly we had some terrible fights on the WTF field but outstanding respect for (sic). Numbness comes down because SKW Roy and I had arranged for both of them to be his faithful assistants in London. A kind hearted man was taken very early – RIP Roy.”
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Symonds played 26 Tests, 198 ODIs and 14 T20s for Australia between 1998 and 2009.
The recreational all-rounder was a member of Australia’s 2003 and 2007 ODI World Cup winning teams.
He smashed 143 off 125 balls to lead Australia to a victory over Pakistan in the group stage of the 2003 World Cup.
The most iconic innings of his Test career was an unbeaten 156 in the 2006 Boxing Day Test. He blasted England’s Paul Collingwood six times straight over his head to reach his first Test century and jumped into the arms of great teammate Matthew Hayden.
Cricket fans fell in love with Symonds’ ginsed-up lips, dreadlocks, exceptional fielding, great hitting power and calm demeanor.
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