The International Cricket Council has expressed sadness at the passing of former Australia cricketer Dean Jones aged 59. Jones passed away in Mumbai after cardiac arrest. “We are extremely sad to hear of Dean’s sudden death and I would like to extend our deep condolences to his family and friends on behalf of the ICC,” ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said in a statement.

“Dean was a prolific batter playing in 52 Tests and 164 ODIs and was part of the 1987 Australia team who won the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. He had a significant impact on the game of cricket as a player, as an advocate for the development of the sport as a coach, and later in his role as a broadcaster,” he added. An attacking batter, the Victorian featured in 52 Tests, making 3,631 runs at an average of 46.55.

In 164 ODIs, he made 6,068 runs, at 44.61, with seven hundred(s) and 46 fifties. He was part of Australia’s winning team in the 1987 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup and remains number five on the all-time ICC Men’s batting rankings in the format. One of his most memorable Test innings came in 1986 when in the heat and humidity of Chennai, he battled exhaustion and illness to make a heroic 210 in what would be only the second tied Test ever.

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He retired from international cricket in 1994 and went on to become a coach and more recently a broadcaster commentating on cricket around the world. Jones represented Australia in 52 Tests and 164 One-Day Internationals. He was also a stalwart of Victorian cricket during the 1980s and 1990s and retired as the state’s leading first-class run-scorer. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2006 for his services to cricket and charity and was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in 2019. (ANI)

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