Dean Jones

Country: Australia
Born: March 24, 1961, Coburg, Melbourne, Victoria
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Top order Batter
Died: September 24, 2020, Mumbai, (aged 59y 184d)

Dean Jones Bio

Dean Mervyn Jones was an Australian cricketer who left an indelible mark on the world of cricket. Born on March 24, 1961, in Coburg, Victoria, Australia, Jones revolutionized one-day cricket with his unorthodox and aggressive style. His fearless approach and unwavering determination made him a force to be reckoned with on the cricket field.

From an early age, it was evident that Jones possessed an extraordinary talent for the game. He honed his skills diligently and made his debut for Victoria in 1981. In the years that followed, he established himself as one of the finest cricketers of his generation. Jones’ supreme batting skills were evident when he smashed a remarkable triple-century for Victoria, a record that stood for over two decades.

Jones’ international career took off when he received his maiden call-up to the Australian national team in 1984. He showcased his prowess in the limited-overs format and set new benchmarks for attacking batting. Jones was a true visionary, regularly walking down the pitch to confront fast bowlers and putting them on the back foot. His speed between the wickets added an element of excitement to every match he played.

One of Jones’ defining moments came during the tied Test against India in Madras in 1986-87. Facing an Indian side led by the legendary Kapil Dev, Jones played a captivating innings of 210 runs. This innings was hailed as one of the finest in Australian cricket history, as Jones defied extreme heat and exhaustion, collapsing to a saline drip in the hospital at the end.

Jones also played a crucial role in Australia’s success in the 1987 World Cup and the 1989 Ashes series, contributing significantly with his batting prowess. However, despite his stellar performances, Jones faced ups and downs throughout his career. He was controversially dropped from the national team despite being in his prime, and his stint as captain of Victoria and Derbyshire was tumultuous, marred by clashes with authorities and teammates.

After retiring from professional cricket, Jones found a new role as a commentator. His insightful analysis, combined with his passionate and unfiltered commentary, made him a popular figure among cricket enthusiasts. However, his broadcasting career was temporarily derailed in 2006 when he made an unfortunate on-air slip, referring to the Muslim cricketer Hashim Amla as a “terrorist.” After taking a break from broadcasting, Jones eventually resumed his role, remaining committed to the sport he loved.

Jones continued to be involved in cricket in various capacities, including coaching. He coached the Islamabad franchise side in the inaugural Pakistan Super League in 2016, leading them to the title. His dedication and wealth of knowledge made him a highly sought-after coach and mentor.

Tragically, on September 24, 2020, Dean Jones passed away at the age of 59 due to a heart attack in Mumbai. His sudden demise left the cricketing world mourning the loss of a true legend. Jones’ contributions to the game, both as a player and a commentator, will forever be remembered, and his impact on the sport will continue to inspire future generations of cricketers.

Dean Mervyn Jones was a trailblazer who changed the face of one-day cricket. He will forever be remembered as a fearless batsman, a passionate commentator, and a true servant of the game.

Dean Jones Career Stats

Dean Jones Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 52 89 11 3631 216 46.55 7427 48.88 11 14 361 10 34 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 164 161 25 6068 145 44.61 8362 72.56 7 46 - - 54 0
FC 245 415 45 19188 324* 51.85 - - 55 88 - - 185 0
List A 285 276 43 10936 145 46.93 - - 19 72 - - 115 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Dean Jones Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 52 10 198 64 1 1/5 1/6 64 1.93 198 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 164 8 106 81 3 2/34 2/34 27 4.58 35.3 0 0 0
FC 245 - 2710 1545 27 5/112 - 57.22 3.42 100.3 - 1 0
List A 285 - 802 707 23 2/0 2/0 30.73 5.28 34.8 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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