Dean Jones

Dean Jones

Australia|Top order batter
Dean Jones

INTL CAREER: 1984 - 1994

Full Name

Dean Mervyn Jones


March 24, 1961, Coburg, Melbourne, Victoria


September 24, 2020, Mumbai, (aged 59y 185d)

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm offbreak

Playing Role

Top order batter


Coach, Commentator


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 remained their record run-maker until 2008, when Brad Hodge passed his tally. 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. An on-air slip in 2006, when he was heard calling the devout Muslim cricketer Hashim Amla a "terrorist", took him off the circuit for a while but he eventually resumed his broadcast work. Jones was coach of the title-winning Islamabad franchise side in the inaugural Pakistan Super League in 2016.

On September 24, 2020, at the age of 59, Jones died of a heart attack in Mumbai, a day after commentating in an IPL match.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
List A285276431093614546.9319721150
List A285802707232/02/030.735.2834.8000
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Debut/Last Matches - Player


Dean Jones' daughter places his bat at the stumps during the tea break
The players observe a minute's silence in honour of the late Dean Jones
A private service was held at the MCG in memory of Dean Jones
Loved ones pay respect to Dean Jones at a private service at the MCG
Flags fly at half mast on Sydney Harbour Bridge in memory of Dean Jones
The MCG remembers one of the great players to appear at the ground