The cricket world is mourning the news that Dean Jones, the former Australia batsman, has died in Mumbai aged 59. Dean Jones, who pioneered an energetic style of ODI batting, and the hero of Australia’s tied Test against India in Chennai, died on Thursday after a heart attack in Mumbai.
Stylish in the middle-order, Jones played 52 Tests from 1984 to 1992, averaging 46.55 and winning the Ashes on two occasions. He was also part of the Australia team that won the World Cup in 1987, beating England in a thrilling final. In his 164 one-day internationals, Jones averaged 44.61.
After retiring from a playing career that included spells with Durham and Derbyshire in English county cricket, Jones went on to become a prominent commentator. He also had two spells coaching teams in the Pakistan Super League, winning the title in 2016 and 2018 with Islamabad United.
In a statement Cricket Australia said: “Jones won admirers the world over with his dashing shot-making and superb fielding. He was also a stalwart of Victorian cricket during the 1980s and 1990s and retired as the state’s leading first-class run-scorer. Jones went on to become a highly-regarded coach and commentator. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2006 for his services to cricket and charity and was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in 2019.”
ICC tweeted “Innovator. Entertainer. Professor. Icon. Rest in peace, Dean Jones.”