Sport Cricket world reacts to Jones' tragic passing

20:46  24 september  2020
20:46  24 september  2020 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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Australian cricketing legend Dean Jones has died aged 59 after suffering a heart attack in India, leaving many in the sports world stunned at the tragic news.

Jones was staying at a Mumbai hotel as part of his duties on the commentary team for Star India, the country's biggest cricket broadcaster.

News of Jones' death reverberated throughout the cricket and sports world, with many remembering him for his courage, stamina and tenacity.

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"What a great player and a great bloke," current Australian cricket coach Justin Langer said in a statement.

"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 were a huge turning point for Australian cricket. His double century in Madras was one of the greatest and most courageous innings of all time.

"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."

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Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli spoke of his shock in learning the news.


Cricket Victoria also released a statement, with chair David Maddocks expressing gratitude for his contribution to the sport in the state.

"It is an evening of immense sadness both as a Victorian and broader Australian cricket community. Our deepest sympathies are with his wife Jane and daughters Isabella and Phoebe, together with his many friends, colleagues and team-mates," Dr Maddocks said.

"Dean Jones brought so much joy and excitement to a whole generation of cricket fans as an aggressive batsman and athletic fielder. He fundamentally changed the face of one-day cricket throughout the 1980s.

"Deano was a game changer. From his very successful playing career through to his coaching and broadcast commitments after retiring, he was keenly sought after for his insights and experience. He made moments unforgettable and his performance in Chennai in 1986 will never be forgotten."

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"He represented Victoria with distinction at first class level and we will always be proud of his many, many achievements and success in the game."

Indian cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar said he was lucky enough to play against Jones.


Former Australian captain Steve Smith is currently playing in the IPL. He said Jones will be remembered forever.


Cricketer Irfan Pathan said he had only spoken to Jones a few days ago and "everything was normal".


Fellow commentator and cricket legend VVS Laxman also shared his disbelief at Jones' death.


Even those from the other sporting codes were left in shock.


Australian politicians, including Prime Minister Scott Morrison, wrote of their memories of Jones too.

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The tributes were plentiful and prolific, with many remembering the passion with which Jones loved the sport of cricket.


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