Cricket Australia paid an emotional tribute to Australia hero Dean Jones on the opening day of the ongoing Boxing Day Test against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The former Australia batsman had tragically passed away in September this year while he was in Mumbai to ply his trade as an analyst for the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Dean Jones was 59. Tributes have been flowing in from all corners ever since the former cricketer died and Cricket Australia perhaps came up with the most touching tribute on Saturday during the Tea break of the Boxing Day Test. The pouring of tribute started even before the start of the play when Australia and India players united to pay respect. Following the toss, Australia captain Tim Paine led the charge with a number of players entering the ground with zinc on their lips and cheek, a symbolic pointer to Dean Jones who was famous for applying zinc on his face during his playing days.
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During the tea break, Dean Jones family and former Australia captain Allan Border took part in the fitting farewell. His daughters Augusta and Phoebe, wife Jane and Border walked from the boundary to the centre, carrying his baggy green, sunglasses and Kookaburra bat. They were laid to rest on the stumps at the Great Southern Stand end of the ground.
“Dean Jones absolutely loved this place,” Mike Hussey said on-air before Brett Lee said: It’s quite fitting the tribute was done Australia vs India. He’s loved over there.”
The spectators also took part in paying the tribute too. Following the tribute, 12th men KL Rahul and James Pattinson collected Dean Jones’ belongings and rested them on a seat by the boundary line. As far as Jones’ playing career is concerned, he played 52 Tests and 164 ODIs for Australia. He scored 3631 runs in red-ball cricket at an average of 46.55 with 11 hundred and 14 half-centuries. In the 50-over format, he amassed 6068 runs at 44.61 with 7 hundreds and 46 fifties.
Here is a clip of the tribute paid to Dean Jones:
A wonderful tribute to an Aussie legend.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 26, 2020