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."
😢— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) September 24, 2020
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."
Incredibly shocked by the news that Dean Jones has passed away. Had a poster of the great man in my room as a kid. And was lucky to have him as a batting coach 1st year of BBL. Thoughts are with his family at this extremely tough time. #RIPDeano— Glenn Maxwell (@Gmaxi_32) September 24, 2020
"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."
Simply awful news. Rest in peace Deano. Grew up idolising you and it was a pleasure to know you. Heartbreaking. Deepest condolences to Jane and the family.#RIPDeano— Jason Gillespie 🌱 (@dizzy259) September 24, 2020
Such sad news. Growing up as a young kid watching his highlights inspired me to play the game. You will be sadly missed mate. RIP Deano 🙏🏻💙— Peter Siddle (@petersiddle403) September 24, 2020
Heartbroken to hear of Dean Jones' passing. He was someone I looked up to and emulated growing up, and then I was lucky to become close friends with him later on.— Ricky Ponting AO (@RickyPonting) September 24, 2020
He was always great fun to be around and I loved the time I spent with him talking cricket and golf. RIP mate. pic.twitter.com/jlQdM9DjyP
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.
Absolutely heartbreaking news about Dean Jones passing away.— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 24, 2020
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
Absolutely devastated to hear about the demise of Dean Jones. A colossal loss to the cricketing community. His connection to Chepauk will always be cherished. Deepest condolences to his family and friends. May his soul rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/mDHO0d76d0— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) September 24, 2020
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. pic.twitter.com/FZBTqIEGdx— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 24, 2020
I’m deeply shocked and saddened by the demise of our fellow commentator #DeanJones He was fine in the morning. I had video call with his son two days back. Everything was fine. Everything was normal. I can’t believe this #RIP— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) September 24, 2020
Shocking news... This year gets even worse. Was joking with Deano last week about carrying a red book with me to the match. Terrible... My heartfelt Condolences to the family. 🙏🏽— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) September 24, 2020
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.
I know I speak for all of Pakistan when I say thank you, thanks for batting for us & everything you contributed to Pak cricket. You will never be forgotten. Like everyone else, I’m absolutely gutted. The world lost a good man today. My friend @ProfDeano I will miss you #RIPDeano— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) September 24, 2020
I love you too Dean Jones!! You have been a joy and absolute pleasure to work with @starsportsindia The world has has lost a real legend and lover of our great game, Cricket. You will be dearly missed by many. RIP my brother. My sincere condolences to the Jones family. pic.twitter.com/OV7VPJT82C— Brian Lara (@BrianLara) September 24, 2020
You will be missed, Deano! pic.twitter.com/7vJRKOBQxa— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) September 24, 2020
Horrible news to wake up to...— Sir Vivian Richards (@ivivianrichards) September 24, 2020
You were more than a player I had played against, you were my friend, my brother. Will deeply miss your smile & your presence where ever cricket is played around the world.
Rest In Peace Deano man. The world needed more from you! Always in my ❤️ pic.twitter.com/N9gwAoUgSc
We are saddened to hear of the passing of the former Durham, Derbyshire and Australia batsman, Dean Jones.— County Championship (@CountyChamp) September 24, 2020
Our condolences to his friends and family. pic.twitter.com/qlBTLPyWgu
Extremely shocked and saddened to hear about the sudden demise of Dean Jones. He was such an amazing person n great coach. The cricketing world will feel his loss for a very long time. Deepest condolences to his family and friends. #profdeano #RIP— Umar Gul (@mdk_gul) September 24, 2020
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