Jones died suddenly after suffering a heart attack on Thursday in Mumbai, where he was working as a commentator on the Indian Premier League
Former Australia batsman Dean Jones has died, aged 59.
Jones died suddenly after suffering a heart attack on Thursday in Mumbai, where he was working as a commentator on the Indian Premier League.
Star India, for whom Jones was working, said in a statement: "It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing away of Mr. Dean Mervyn Jones AM.
Dean Jones was my hero throughout my entire teens. He was the soundtrack of my summer. The swagger, the quick singles, the swashbuckling heroics. Then the outrage as the tried to find a way back into the Test side. When Deano was batting, you didn’t dare miss a single ball... pic.twitter.com/QrkaR7QZx3— Jon Ralph (@RalphyHeraldSun) September 24, 2020
"He died of a sudden cardiac arrest. We express our deep condolences to his family and stand ready to support them in this difficult time.
"We are in touch with the Australian High Commission to make the necessary arrangements.
"Dean Jones was one of the great ambassadors of the game associating himself with Cricket development across South Asia.
"He was passionate about discovering new talent and nurturing young cricketers. He was a champion commentator whose presence and presentation of the game always brought joy to millions of fans.
We are extremely shocked and sad to learn of the untimely demise of Mr. Dean Jones. His energy and enthusiasm for the game will be truly missed. Our thoughts with his family, friends and his followers in this hour of grief. pic.twitter.com/gAAagImKeC— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) September 24, 2020
"He will be sorely missed by everyone at Star and his millions of fans across the globe."
Jones made his debut for Australia in a one-day international against Pakistan in January 1984.
Two months later he made his Test bow against the West Indies, his first of 52 matches in the longest format for the Aussies.
He scored 11 Test hundreds and registered a best score of 216 while amassing over 3,600 runs at an average of 46.55.
Jones also featured in 164 one-day internationals, scoring over 6,000 runs at an average of 44.61 including seven hundreds and a top score of 145.
He featured for Durham and Derbyshire in county cricket in England.