Former Australia Cricketing Great Dean Jones dies aged 59

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Dean Jones, the former Australia batting legend, Passed away on Thursday due to  a heart attack in Mumbai. He was 59. Jones, who was is in India as a commentator for the IPL, is understood to have suffered a massive heart attack around noon IST.

AS Dean was a part of panel of commentators for the Wednesday’s match, had breakfast this morning and attended a pre-match debriefing with his colleagues. He did not continue to sit throw the session and is believed to have returned to his room and suffered the heart attack there.

Dean Jones at PSL

Dean Jones was a regular member of Pakistan Super League aka PSL and under his expertise he led Islamabad United to claim the PSL tittles for 2016 and 2018 edition of PSL.The last position he held in the league was of the head coach of Karachi Kings in PSL 2020.

Former Australia Cricketing Great Dean Jones dies aged 59 who coached Islamabad United at PSL
Former Australia Cricketing Great Dean Jones dies aged 59 who coached Islamabad United at PSL

Dean Jones was aspiring to visit Pakistan for remaining matches of PSL which are scheduled from 14 November to 17 November in Gaddafi Stadium Lahore. He said that  all of his side’s foreign players were ready to do the same.

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“It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing away of Dean Mervyn Jones AM,” Star India, whom Jones was a commentator for, confirmed through a statement. “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.”

He is quite a famous name in cricketing eco system known for his famous knocks in crucial matches. Remembered for his double century in the famous tied Test between India and Australia in Chennai, Jones played 59 Tests and 164 ODIs. He was also part of Australia’s 1987 World Cup-winning team. He carved a career in coaching and cricket commentary after his retirement from all forms of cricket in 1997-98.

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He averaged 44.61 in ODIs – a number unheard of in those times, and is widely thought of as one of Australia’s greatest batsmen in the 50-over format.

In 2019, he was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.

Dean jones is considered as one of the finest talent from Victoria, gruffly mentored by his father and Carlton Cricket Club legend Barney, Jones was introduced to the Austrilain camp at a very crucial time when they were really in need of quality player after the retiment of two  Australian Legends Greg Chappell and Dennis Lillee’s  after the  end of the 1983-84 summer season, and made a meritorious 48 opposite Allan Border on debut against the fiery West Indies in Trinidad.

The selectors were careful with him thereafter, not wanting him to suffer too much at the hands of the same West Indian juggernaut, and it was not until the 1986 tour of India that he gained a solid opportunity to grasp.

Informed by Border that he would be thrust into the No. 3 spot in Chennai, Jones responded with the innings of his life – 210 in enervating heat that brought him to the brink of total physical collapse, setting Australia up for a memorable tie.

He was more or less a fixture in the Test team from then until 1992, an integral part of its evolution from frequent humiliation to the cusp of global domination, peeling off another double century against Viv Richards’ tourists in Adelaide in 1989, then coshing twin tons against Pakistan at the same venue a year later.

At the same time, Jones was a pioneer in limited-overs cricket, as both a batting technician and an entertainer for immense crowds, ne’er additional therefore than at his beloved MCG. Somewhere on the way his match returns began to lose consistency, leading the selectors to form a still contentious decision to depart him out of the team for the primary check against the the Indies at the Gabba in Nov 1992, an area he was never to regain.

Jones continued to be a significant a part of the ODI set-up for one more 2 years, however his enthusiasm for the task waned in correlation to the realisation that below no circumstances, not whilst a reserve on the 1994 tour of South Africa, would he come back to check cricket. Jones retired, unhappily, from international cricket at the top of the tour, however in his typical plaything vogue had rescinded the decision by the time his memoir, My Call, was on shelves the subsequent summer.

He continued to dominate domestic ranks for Victoria, pummeling his highest score of 324 against South Australia at the microgram in an exceedingly day/night urban center defend match, and was within the initial squad for the 1996 tournament before missing the trim to the ultimate cluster that may lose to state in the final.

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On their return, Mark Taylor’s side faced a World XI to celebrate 150 years of cricket in Victoria, and Jones was on hand to compile one of his best knocks, a defiant century on a day far more suited to bowlers than batsmen.

Before finishing up, Jones also played for Derbyshire, with one of his final acts being to miss a slips catch in an 1997 Ashes tour match that may well have caused Taylor to quit the captaincy amid his extended run of outs.

He was head coach of Pakistan Super League franchise Islamabad United from 2015 to 2019. He also served as interim head coach of the Afghanistan national team briefly in 2017.

In a statement Earl Eddings, the Cricket Australia chairman, said: “Dean Jones was a hero to a generation of cricketers and will forever be remembered as a legend of this great game Anyone who watched cricket in the 1980s and 1990s will fondly recall his cavalier approach at the crease and the incredible energy and passion he brought to every game he played.

“Although many remember him for his brilliance in the 50-over game, arguably Jones’ finest moment in the national team came in scorching conditions in Chennai in 1986, where his selfless and courageous innings of 210 helped Australia to a famous tie against India.

“Jones remained an immensely popular figure in Australian and Victorian cricket throughout his life and was a much-loved columnist and commentator in every corner of the cricketing world.

“This is a truly sad day. Deano’s loss will be felt not just at home in Australia, but across the globe. Our thoughts and best wishes are with his wife Jane and daughters Isabella and Phoebe.”

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