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Australian batsman Dean Jones has died of a heart attack in India aged 59.
Indian TV network Star Sports announced Jones's death in a statement.
Jones was overseas to commentate on the Indian Premier League, which started this week.
"It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing away of Mr Dean Mervyn Jones AM," a statement from Star India said.
"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.
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"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."
Jones, regarded as one of the finest batsmen of his generation, played 52 Tests and 164 one-day internationals for Australia in an international career that spanned 10 years between 1984 and 1994.
He scored 3,631 runs in Tests at an average of 46.55 with 11 hundreds and 14 half-centuries and over 6,000 runs in ODIs with seven centuries and 46 fifties.
After his retirement, he worked as a coach and commentator and was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in 2019.
Cricket world reacts to death of 'true legend'
Australia cricket coach Justin Langer said Jones was one of the great players and personalities in cricket.
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To a generation of cricket-loving Australian children, Dean Jones was a hero. To Victorians, he was something closer to a sporting martyr but his death at 59 prematurely robs a family of a husband and father, and removes from the Australian sporting landscape a cult figure, writes Russell Jackson.To a generation of cricket-loving Australian children, Jones was a hero. To Victorians, he was something closer to a sporting martyr. The Melburnian devotion to Jones went far beyond reason. His slights at the hands of national selectors were received like blows to the soul. Years after his retirement, loyalists in the MCG outer persisted with their banners: "Bring back Deano".
"What a great player and a great bloke," he said.
"We are shocked and very sad to hear of his passing.
"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.
"His double century in [Chennai] was one of the greatest and most courageous innings of all time."
Langer said the team sent its love to Jones's wife and two daughters.
"We can only hope to make Australians as proud of our team as they were of Deano, he will be missed by the game and millions of people around the world. Our love to Jane and the girls," he said.
Australia captain Tim Paine also paid tribute to Jones, calling him "the man who changed the level of cricket, who taught us to play cricket at different level as well as who was inspiration of all the cricketers in the world".
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Through cricket seasons I’ve enjoyed the commentary of Jim Maxwell, David Lloyd, Michael Holding and especially Richie Benaud. To that I add the newspaper columns of Dean Jones. They were my favourite part of the Sunday papers. Jones wrote so passionately it was as if he was shouting into your ear in a crowded bar. He critiqued batting, bowling, field placements, coaching, on-field tactics and individual player capability. Jones as a cricket writer was fearless. He expressed views straight from the heart. He got it right nearly every time.
Cricket Australia chair Earl Eddings said Jones would be remembered as a cricket great.
"Dean Jones was a hero to a generation of cricketers and will forever be remembered as a legend of this great game," Mr Eddings said in a statement.
"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.
"Although many remember him for his brilliance in the 50-over game, arguably Jones' finest moment in the national team came in scorching conditions in Chennai in 1986, where his selfless and courageous innings of 210 helped Australia to a famous tie against India."
Australia batsman Steve Smith said Jones was a "wonderful player and would be missed".
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Jones's death was a huge loss.
"An absolute cricketing legend. A true entertainer at the crease, whose flair with the bat & electric running between the wickets changed the game forever," Mr Morrison said on Twitter.
Top former and current players have paid tribute to Jones on social media, including the Indian great Sachin Tendulkar, current Indian captain Virat Kohli and former Australian captain Michael Clarke.
ABC Grandstand cricket expert Jim Maxwell said Jones would be remembered for his efforts on the field, as well as his reputation as someone who spoke his mind.
"He was always a refreshing and dynamic character from the time he first played for Australia when I saw him at the age of 22 in Trinidad in Port of Spain against the West Indies," he said.
"He produced an extraordinary career full of frenetic running between the wickets, exuberant strokes. He was at home, in the eyes of most people, more as a one-day player with his dashing athleticism over Test cricket, but he still made a pretty good mark in Test cricket."
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