Dean Jones who is the Former Australia cricketer has passed away in Mumbai at the age of 59.
Dean Jones cause of death was due to a heart attack, according to media reports. Jones was in India as part of the Star Sports commentary panel for the ongoing Indian Premier League.
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Dean Mervyn Jones AM was born on 24 March 1961 and died 24 September 2020 was an Australian cricket commentator, coach and former cricketer, who played Tests and One Day Internationals for Australia.
He boast an excellent record in Test cricket, and is best remembered for his batting and fielding in the ODI format. Through the late 1980s and early 1990s he was regarded among the best ODI batsmen in the world, a view which has been validated in the retrospective ICC Player Rankings.
His batting was characterized by his nimble footwork against both pace and spin, frenetic running between wickets and willingness to take risks. In 2019 Jones was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame.
Jones began his first-class career in the 1981–82 season with Victoria in the Sheffield Shield. Jones also played for Durham and Derbyshire in the English County Championship.
He left Derbyshire in mid-season and also had run-ins with authority and teammates in his home state of Victoria. During his career, he scored 19,188 runs in first-class matches, including 55 centuries and 88 half centuries and a highest score of 324 not out, at an average of 51.85.
Jones was selected on the 1984 tour of the West Indies after Graham Yallop had to pull out due to injury. He was not picked in the original XI, but was drafted into the side after Steve Smith fell ill.
He became was very ill before the Test, and deemed his score of 48 on his debut as his “best knock”. Between 1984 and 1992, Jones played 52 Test matches for Australia, scoring 3,631 runs, including 11 centuries, at an average of 46.55.
His most notable innings was in only his third Test against India in the Tied Test in Chennai (Madras) in 1986.
Suffering from dehydration in the oppressively hot and humid conditions, Jones was frequently vomiting on the pitch. He wanted to go off the field “retired ill” which led his captain Allan Border to say that if he could not handle the conditions, he would “get a Queenslander” (Greg Ritchie, a Queenslander like Border, was the next man in to bat).
This comment spurred Jones to score 210, an innings he considered a defining moment in his career and one of the epic Test innings in Australian cricket folklore. This innings of 210 remains the highest score by an Australian cricketer in India.