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Dean Jones is greatest one-day star says Waugh

Steve Waugh considers Dean Jones as one of the influential players who shaped the way Australia played during his time

Dean Jones is greatest one-day star says Waugh - Cricket News
Steve Waugh believes that Dean Jones should be regarded as the greatest ODI player of all time.
Australia legend Steve Waugh believes that his former teammate Dean Jones should be regarded as the greatest ODI player of all time.

Waugh, who won the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1987 and 1999, believes that Jones can be credited for many of the trends in the one-day game.

"He was probably the most influential one-day player of my era and changed the way the game was played. Every time we went on the field with Dean Jones in the side it gave us a bit extra - extra confidence, extra arrogance; he was the life of the team because of the way he played," said Waugh.

"Dean's running between the wickets was amazing - it was ahead of its time, skilful, quick and daring, and his approach to the game was infectious throughout the whole side. He would take on the opposition quick bowlers, running down the pitch to hit them, looking to up the tempo and it had a positive effect with all his team-mates, there's no doubt about that."

Waugh believes that Jones, who scored over 6,000 ODI runs in 164 appearances, was particularly effective when playing on Australian soil.

"When we played one-day cricket on Australian grounds he really owned the turf and, especially in Melbourne, it was his backyard. He had this confidence about him and that radiated through the team and to the spectators too and it must have been intimidating for oppositions to come up against him - and us - at that time," said Waugh.

"Dean may seem like an unusual choice given the other outstanding players to have played one-day cricket but I really do believe he shaped the way Australia played during his time involved in the team. We were leaders in one-day cricket in the late 1980s and early 1990s and one reason for that was the way Dean Jones batted and the way he took everyone around him along with him."
 

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