Andrew Symonds dead: Andrew Gilchrist reveals incredible gesture of Shane Warne

Adam Gilchrist has shed light on Shane Warne’s incredible gesture to Andrew Symonds, which “Roy” didn’t even know about.

Shane Warne never got a chance to follow through on his offer to Andrew Symonds, but a revelation about how Spin King valued his former teammate illustrates why his death is so painful for the cricket world.

The tributes have poured in as people pay their respects to both Symonds the man and Symonds the cricketer, following their deaths Saturday night in a car crash outside Townsville.

He was a highly successful and incredible outfielder, but many of the stories that were shared after the tragedy have focused on how loyal and genuine Symonds was as a friend.

A story from Aussie Test legend Adam Gilchrist sheds light on just how highly Symonds was rated by Warne, who offered the all-rounder a job on the London Spirit coaching staff for England’s national The Hundred competition.

Warne, who was named the franchise’s head coach before he died of a heart attack in Thailand in March, wanted to bring in Symonds and former Victorian goalkeeper Darren Berry as assistants.

What Symonds didn’t know until recently was that Warne had planned to pay for the SUV out of his own pocket because the Spirit didn’t have room for an additional assistant in his budget.

“I spent the night with Roy at Warnie’s big send-off, and the next morning with Roy, as is often the case,” Gilchrist said. Triple M rush hour with JB and Billy.

“I was so upset about losing Warnie. Everyone was stunned.

“But one little thing that Roy told me last week: Warnie had been talking about taking him to assistant coach at the London Spirit at The Hundred competition back in England.

“And it was only a couple of weeks ago that Roy found out there was no budget set aside for him. There was nothing documented in the configuration of London Spirit.

“Warnie was doing that of her own accord and she was going to pay Roy the salary he was going to get for being there and Roy couldn’t believe it.

“That sense of friendship and camaraderie was everything that Roy built his whole life around, of trust and loyalty.

“Here we are a few days after he told me that story, he disappeared.

“He was loyal to the extreme, he really was.”

Explaining how the cricket world reacted to Symonds’ tragic death, Gilchrist added: “I spent yesterday talking to mates, doing some interviews, reflecting, and he very rarely returned to his sporting prowess.

“It was just about him, his warmth and his humility, and he just cared about everyone else.

“Gee, it made you laugh. He was just an absolute crackerjack, a naturally funny guy who didn’t even know he was doing it half the time.”

Symonds and Warne were great partners, and they became even closer in retirement when they shared the comment box on Fox Sports.

Speaking after the leg-twisting legend’s death, Symonds told Fox: “My friendship with Shane grew and grew over the years and he was very generous with me. I’ve been through some rough patches and I’d call him and if he didn’t take the call, he’d call me back.

“I’ve done quite a bit of (commentary) work with him over the last three years and he called me recently, probably 10 days (before Warne died) and I was home and getting ready to go fishing. And he said to me: ‘I have good news for you, Roy.

“’Remember how we talked about this training for the London Spirit?’ He said, ‘I got you the job.’

“And I really wanted to go train with Shane Warne. No. 1 to see how he did it and then obviously to learn.

“He said, ‘Do you want to dip your toe in the water with the workout? It seems that you really know the game quite well and describe things to me quite well, so would you like to try it out?’

“So, because of that, that opportunity came up, and unfortunately I won’t be able to experience that with him.”

Originally posted as Warne was going to pay Symonds out of his own pocket, and ‘Roy’ had no idea

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