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Former Aus cricketer Dean Jones dead

Last updated on: September 24, 2020 17:21 IST
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IMAGE: Former Australia cricketer Dean Jones. Photograph: Mark Tantrum/Getty Images

Former Australia batsman Dean Jones died of cardiac arrest in Mumbai on Thursday.

He was 59.

Star India is now currently in touch with Australian High Commission to make the necessary arrangements.

"It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing away of Dean Mervyn Jones AM. He died of a sudden cardiac arrest. We express our deep condolences to his family and stand ready to support them in this difficult time. We are in touch with the Australian High Commission to make the necessary arrangements," Star India said in an official statement.

Jones was one of the great ambassadors of the game associating himself with the development of cricket across South Asia.

 

He was passionate about discovering new talent and nurturing young cricketers. He was a champion commentator whose presence and presentation of the game always brought joy to millions of fans.

Jones had become a household name by playing in an aggressive manner for the Australian side from 1980-1990.

Jones was selected on the 1984 tour of the West Indies after Graham Yallop had to pull out due to injury. He was not picked in the original XI but was drafted into the side after Steve Smith fell ill. Jones went on to score 48 on his debut and he hailed it as his best knock as he fell ill before the match. Between 1984 and 1992, Jones played 52 Test matches for Australia, scoring 3,631 runs, including 11 centuries, at an average of 46.55.

His most notable innings was in only his third Test against India in the Tied Test in Chennai (Madras) in 1986. Suffering from dehydration in the oppressively hot and humid conditions, Jones was seen frequently vomiting on the pitch.

Jones went on to score 210 and this innings of 210 remains the highest score by an Australian cricketer in India.

Jones also played 164 ODIs for Australia, managing to score 6,068 runs at an average of 44.61.

After his playing career, the former Australian batsman became a reputed commentator and also enjoyed a coaching stint in Pakistan Super League.

Paying tribute to Jones, Cricket Australia termed Jones a stalwart of Victorian cricket during the 1980s and 1990s, retiring as the state’s leading first-class run-scorer.

Jones was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2006 for his services to cricket and charity and was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in 2019.

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