Dean Jones represented Australia in 52 Tests and 164 ODIs.  |  Photo Credit: IANS
- Dean Jones made his debut for Australia in Tests and ODIs in 1984
- He was one of the most attacking batsmen of his generation
- He was a member of the commentary panel for IPL 2020
Former Australian cricketer Dean Jones passed away on Thursday after suffering a massive heart attack. Jones was part of Star Sports commentary team for Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 and was in a bio-secure bubble in a seven-star hotel in Mumbai. 59 years of age, Jones was one of the finest white-ball cricketers of his generation.
Star Sports also issued a statement confirming the tragic news.
It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing away of Mr. 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.
Dean Jones was one of the great ambassadors of the game associating himself with Cricket development 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. He will be sorely missed by everyone at Star and his millions of fans across the globe.
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Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
Cricket fraternity pays tribute to Dean Jones
Tributes poured in from all corners on social media on Jones’ sudden demise:
“Awful to hear the news of Dean Jones passing away in Mumbai. He was a wonderful player for Australia and he will be missed. My thoughts are with his family. RIP Deano,” wrote former Australian captain Steve Smith.
Indian captain Virat Kohli also took to social media to react to the news. “Shocked to hear about the tragic loss of Dean Jones. Praying for strength and courage to his family and friends,” wrote Kohli.
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An attacking batsman in white-ball cricket
One of the Australian greats, Jones was known for being an attacking batsman. He was also a member of the 1987 Australian cricket team which won the World Cup. Jones had a special liking for running between the wickets and was known for his ability to rotate the strike on a regular basis.
He represented Australia in 52 Tests and 164 ODIs where he amassed 3631 and 6068 runs respectively. Much ahead of his time in limited-overs cricket, Jones was one of the most delightful batsmen to watch from his generation as he did not hesitate in coming down the wicket, even against fast bowlers. He was known to put the opponent team under pressure by taking risks as a batsman.