Former Australia cricketer, Dean Jones, in September died due to a cardiac arrest he suffered in a hotel in Mumbai. He was part of the commentary team for the IPL which was staged in the UAE. His sudden demise sent the entire cricket fraternity in shock and left them mourning.
The legendary cricketer averaged 46 in 52 Test matches, and 44 in 164 ODIs. Jones is renowned for his incredible 210 in a tied Test match against India in Madras- an innings which Bob Simpson said was the greatest innings for Australia – after which he ended up in the hospital on a saline drip.
Tributes at the SCG and MCG for Dean Jones
Cricket Australia have prepared to pay multiple tributes for the 1987 World Cup winner. In the first ODI between India and Australia, at the SCG, there will be a minute’s silence before play. Players and staff from both teams will wear black armbands. There will be a highlights package of his illustrious career displayed on the big screen.
At the Boxing Day Test at the MCG, in Melbourne, Jones’ home city, a tribute will be held at the tea break at 3.24 pm on day one. Jones’ wife, Jane, and his family will be in attendance. 324* was the right-hander’s highest first-class score and also his Test cap number.
A poem written by a local writer, Chris Driscol will be recited to remember the former cricketer. There will be a tribute banner inside the seating bowl across a bay of seats for the entire Test.
After retiring from cricket, he took up commentary and was one of the most respected commentators around the world. Jones coached Islamabad United and Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).