Dean Jones: Former Australia batsman and commentator dies aged 59

Tanya Simon
September 24, 2020

"Absolutely heartbreaking news about Dean Jones passing away".

He was also part of the Australia team that won the World Cup in 1987, beating England in a thrilling final.

Playing his fifth Test match in the scorching heat of Chennai, Dean Jones smashed a double-century against India and announced his arrival at the big stage, as the Test ended in a historic tie. Jones represented Australia in 164 ODIs and went on to score 6068 runs including seven centuries in 46 fifties.

The Indian channel expressed "deep condolences" with his family and said it is standing "ready to support them in this hard time". "He died of a sudden cardiac arrest", Star Sports said in a statement.

Jones, in Mumbai as part of the Indian Premier League's official broadcasting commentary crew, suffered a major heart attack.

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Jones was a pioneering one-day global cricketer, bringing a new intensity to his running between the wickets - he was a master of scoring twos, using the large outfields in Australia to great effect - and to ground fielding. It added that Jones was a "champion commentator whose presence and presentation of the game always brought joy to millions of fans".

News of Jones' death reverberated throughout the cricketing world, with many remembering Jones for his courage, stamina and tenacity.

"Really shocking to lose a colleague and a dear friend - Dean Jones". He will be sorely missed by everyone at Star and his millions of fans across the globe. There was never a tiresome moment when Jones was around, whether it was on the cricketing field or in the commentary box. He guided Pakistan Super League franchises Karachi Kings and Islamabad United to titles in 2016 and 2018 respectively. He carved a career in coaching and cricket commentary after his retirement from all forms of cricket in 1997-98.

The cricket community has paid tribute to Jones on social media, with Australia batsman Steve Smith posting on Twitter: "Awful to hear the news of Dean Jones passing away in Mumbai".

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