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Dean Jones

'Hero to a generation', Dean Jones will be missed


An ODI pioneer, a stylish batsman, a gritty Victorian, a hero to a generation – tributes flowed in for Dean Jones, the former Australia batsman who passed away.

The sudden passing of a beloved icon was greeted with shock and sadness from around the cricket world.

Earl Eddings, Chair of Cricket Australia, remembered a "legend of this great game". "Dean Jones was a hero to a generation of cricketers and will forever be remembered as a legend of this great game," he said. "Anyone who watched cricket in the 1980s and 1990s will fondly recall his cavalier approach at the crease and the incredible energy and passion he brought to every game he played.

"Jones remained an immensely popular figure in Australian and Victorian cricket throughout his life and was a much-loved columnist and commentator in every corner of the cricketing world. This is a truly sad day."

Jones' fellow Australians remembered a player who changed the way the game was played.

Justin Langer, the Australia coach, said, "Deano was a true legend of Australian sport and world cricket, one of the great players and personalities in a golden time for the game. His role in the team’s World Cup win in 1987 and the 1989 Ashes under AB (Allan Border) were a huge turning point for Australian cricket."

"Stats are great but they don’t say how he, like not a lot of others, changed the way the game was played," said Mel Jones. "The speed btw wickets, the ability to manipulate the field the energy in the field and the development of so many other players. What a contribution to the game."

Darren Lehmann added: "Dean Jones will be missed, he taught me so much on and off the ground, I and all of the cricketing world will miss him."

In India, where he enjoyed two of the finest moments in his career, the 1987 World Cup win and the double-century at Chepauk, and where he was working on TV commentary for the IPL when he had a heart attack, there was sadness.

Jones influenced cricketers and made friends around the world through his coaching and TV stints, and earlier as a player. His friends from the commentary box suffered a personal loss.

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@profdeano ... a lot of words being said about you and your journey with cricket throughout the years and I’d like to also say thank you to you for how you have treated me personally and the people I have seen you interact with. Firstly how open and helpful you were when we worked together at @starsportsindia ... I was bloody nervous and you took me under your wing and made me feel at ease with the whole process and not once did you get impatient with me or act anyway other than caring and compassionate towards me - you made an initially daunting experience fun, relaxing and enjoyable and for that I thank you... On the cricketing side with @karachikingsary I saw an enthusiastic, passionate and poised coach who had an true passion for promoting local crickets and helping them improve, you were able to make anyone in that squad feel 10 feet tall and have the confidence to go out and express themselves but also the strength to tell guys when they weren’t working hard enough. There was respect from everyone involved in the group which is quite often a hard task for a coach now day and age. Deano, the cricketing world is that much poorer not having your analysis, your coaching your personality to promote it. My heart goes out to all Those who have also experienced similar stories to myself and to your family in this terribly tough time. See you again in the future my friend, look forward to hearing about your 210 in Chennai over a cold Pot.

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