Australian cricket legend Dean Jones has died at the age of 59 after suffering a cardiac arrest in Mumbai.
Jones played 52 Test matches and 162 one day internationals for Australia over a career that spanned from 1981 to 1997 and helped his country win the Cricket World Cup in 1987.
He scored 3,631 runs in 52 Test matches for Australia – including 11 centuries.
He was regarded as one of the finest one-day players of his generation, scoring 6,068 runs in 164 ODIs.
Jones played his club cricket for Victoria in his homeland, and also had brief spells with English sides Derbyshire and Durham during the 1990s.
Following his hugely successful playing career, he began coaching and commentating while also writing for daily Australian newspapers The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.
Reports emerged on Thursday morning that Jones had sadly died from a heart attack in Mumbai at the age of just 59. He was in India working for Star Sports on their IPL coverage.
A Star Sports statement read: “It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing away of Mr Dean Mervyn Jones AM. 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.”
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Tributes poured in from the cricketing community with former opponents, teammates and colleagues posting messages on social media.
India legend Sachin Tendulkar wrote: “Absolutely heartbreaking news about Dean Jones passing away.
“A wonderful soul taken away too soon. Had the opportunity to play against him during my first tour of Australia.
“May his soul rest in peace and my condolences to his loved ones.”
Virender Sehwag said: Saddened to hear the news of Dean Jones passing away. Still cannot believe it. Was one of my favourite commentators, he was on air in many of my landmarks. Had really fond memories with him. Will miss him.”
Ravi Shastri wrote: “Really shocking to lose a colleague and a dear friend – Dean Jones. Gone so young. Condolences to the family and may his soul rest in peace #RIPDeanJones.”
New Zealand cricketer Jimmy Neesham said: Very sad to hear of the passing of Dean Jones. He was always a fantastic bloke to have a yarn with around a cricket field. I remember in Canada one of his stories was so funny I actually forgot to warm up to bowl pre-game. RIP.”
Absolutely heartbreaking news about Dean Jones passing away.
A wonderful soul taken away too soon. Had the opportunity to play against him during my first tour of Australia.
May his soul rest in peace and my condolences to his loved ones. 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/u6oEY1h7zz
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 24, 2020
Shocked to hear about the tragic loss of Dean Jones. Praying for strength and courage to his family and friends. 🙏🏻
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 24, 2020
Awful to hear the news of Dean Jones passing away in Mumbai. He was a wonderful player for Australia and he will be missed. My thoughts are with his family. RIP Deano https://t.co/AmVhQiNEe2
— Steve Smith (@stevesmith49) September 24, 2020
Very sad to hear of the passing of Dean Jones. He was always a fantastic bloke to have a yarn with around a cricket field. I remember in Canada one of his stories was so funny I actually forgot to warm up to bowl pre-game. RIP.
— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) September 24, 2020