Australian batting hero Dean Jones dies at 59
CANBERRA (AUSTRALIA) – Former Australia cricketer Dean Jones, considered as one of the finest batsmen of his generation, died from cardiac arrest on Thursday at the age of 59.
Jones won the World Cup with Australia in 1987 and has played 52 Tests and 164 one-day internationals in his career that lasted 10 years from 1984.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison paid tribute and tweeted, “A true entertainer at the crease, whose flair with the bat and electric running between the wickets changed the game forever. A genuine good guy & a huge loss.”
Former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar said he was heartbroken. He said, “A wonderful soul taken away too soon. Had the opportunity to play against him during my first tour of Australia. May his soul rest in peace and my condolences to his loved ones.”
One of Jones’ most memorable innings was the Test against India in 1986, when he clinched a memorable double century.
Jones put an end to his career with 3,631 runs in Tests with an average of 46.55. He had 11 hundreds and 14 half-centuries, and over 6,000 runs in ODIs with seven centuries and 46 fifties.
The cricketing fraternity took to social media to pay tribute.
Jones retired from cricket in 1998, and has also work as a coach and commentator. He also made it to the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in 2019.