During the first day of the Boxing Day Test between Australia and India at the MCG, the tea break will witness a special occasion in place. The iconic stadium has planned a tribute for late cricketer Dean Jones, who passed away tragically in Mumbai due to a cardiac arrest. The authorities have put together a small eulogy for Dean Jones.
Along with several others, the Australian cricket team has already engaged themselves in paying their tributes to Dean Jones’ legacy ever since passing away in September this year. At that time, Jones was involved in the commentary duties for the 13th season of IPL. Thus, Cricket Australia has planned yet another round of tributes for Jones as a sign of respect for his contribution to the gentleman’s game.
Cricket Australia took to its official Twitter handle and asked fans to Zinc Up for Deano. The Victorian always used to apply zinc cream on his bottom lip whenever he went out to play. The 59-year old featured in 52 Tests and 164 ODIs from 1984 to 1994 and scored more than 9000 runs in international cricket. It amounted to 3631 Test runs and 6068 runs in One-day international cricket.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 25, 2020
Dean Jones’ family to be present for the special occasion:
The tribute, during the Tea break will have Dean Jones’ wife Jane and daughters Isabella and Phoebe in attendance too. Cricket Australia has planned for the whole bay of seats to be covered with a banner honouring Dean Jones’ legacy. Furthermore, Jones’ great friend, Chris Driscoll, will narrate a poem written for him for 3:24 pm, as a homage to the cricketer’s Test number, 324. Meanwhile, 324 was also Dean Jones’ highest score in first-class cricket, scored against South Australia at the MCG in 1994.