Dean Jones (cricketer)
Dean Mervyn Jones AM was an Australian cricket player, coach and commentator. He played Tests and One Day Internationals for Australia. Jones captained Derbyshire to second place in the 1996 County Championship. He died in a car crash in Sydney, Australia, on October 31, 2013.
About Dean Jones (cricketer) in brief
Dean Mervyn Jones AM was an Australian cricket player, coach and commentator. He played Tests and One Day Internationals for Australia. He is best remembered for revolutionising the ODI format in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Jones captained Derbyshire to second place in the 1996 County Championship, their best finish for 60 years. In 2019, Jones was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame. He was also a writer and commentator for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. During his reign as head coach of Islamabad Super League, Jones won the United United Super League and the Pakistan Super League in 2016 and 2018. In 2007 Jones was named in Australia’s ‘greatest ever ODI team’ Jones was also made a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to cricket and the community through fundraising activities for organisations assisting people with cancer. He died in a car crash in Sydney, Australia, on October 31, 2013. He has been described as the ‘best batsman in the history of Test cricket’ by former Australia captain Allan Border.
Jones is also known for his quick running between wickets and his willingness to take risks and intimidate bowlers. 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. His most notable innings was in only his third Test, against India in the Tied Test in Madras in 1986. This innings of 210 remains the highest score by an Australian cricketer in India. Jones was one of the keys to Australia’s unexpected victory in the 1987 Cricket World Cup was the batting foundation laid by the top three batsmen – Jones batting at number three behind the openers David Boon and Geoff Marsh. He retired from ODI cricket in 1998, but continued to remain involved in cricket as a coach, commentator and The Age writer and a noted fundraiser for cancer.