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Full name Dean Mervyn Jones
Born March 24, 1961, Coburg, Melbourne, Victoria
Current age 53 years 161 days
Major teams Australia, Derbyshire, Durham, Victoria
Playing role Top-order batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Other Coach, Commentator
|Test debut||West Indies v Australia at Port of Spain, Mar 16-21, 1984 scorecard|
|Last Test||Sri Lanka v Australia at Moratuwa, Sep 8-13, 1992 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia v Pakistan at Adelaide, Jan 30, 1984 scorecard|
|Last ODI||South Africa v Australia at Cape Town, Apr 6, 1994 scorecard|
|List A span||1981-1998|
Dean Jones wrote the book on one-day cricket - literally. He played a new game in which he walked down the pitch to fast bowlers, ran frenetically between wickets and turned outfielding into an attacking occupation. He was a natural showman who was for a while as popular as any other player in Australia. Yet he was also a classic cricketer who once made a triple-century for Victoria and remains their record run-maker. He averaged 46 in Tests, and in the tied Test at Madras in 1986-87 played what Bob Simpson said was the greatest innings for Australia. At the end of his 210 he ended up in hospital on a saline drip.
Jones was a significant part of the team's revival, playing in the '87 World Cup and '89 Ashes wins, but was dropped while still in his prime. Turbulent stints as captain of Victoria and Derbyshire followed, for his personality was bound not to please everyone. He remained devoted to the game and since retirement has been a forthright commentator, although he made a costly on-air slip in 2006 when he referred to the bearded Hashim Amla as a "terrorist".
Cricinfo staff July 2007
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1990
Member of the Order of Australia, Jun 2006
Plays of the Day from the second ODI between England and India, in Cardiff
Plays of the day from the third ODI between England and India at Trent Bridge
Plays of the day from the tri-series match between Zimbabwe and South Africa
Would he have fared better than the incumbent middle-order batsmen, Root and Ballance?