Dean Jones (cricketer)

Last updated

Dean Jones
DeanJones(cricketer)Image.jpg
Personal information
Full nameDean Mervyn Jones
Born(1961-03-24)24 March 1961
Coburg, Victoria, Australia
Died24 September 2020(2020-09-24) (aged 59)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
NicknameDeano, Professor
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight arm off spin
Role Batsman
International information
National side
Test debut(cap  324)16 March 1984 v  West Indies
Last Test13 September 1992 v  Sri Lanka
ODI debut(cap  79)30 January 1984 v  Pakistan
Last ODI6 April 1994 v  South Africa
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1981/82–1997/98 Victoria
1992 Durham
1996–1997 Derbyshire
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches52164245285
Runs scored3,6316,06819,18810,936
Batting average 46.5544.6151.8546.93
100s/50s11/147/4655/8819/72
Top score216145324* 145
Balls bowled1981062,710802
Wickets 132723
Bowling average 64.0027.0057.2230.69
5 wickets in innings 0010
10 wickets in match0000
Best bowling1/52/345/1122/0
Catches/stumpings 34/–54/–185/–114/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 26 January 2009

Dean Mervyn Jones AM (24 March 1961 24 September 2020) was an Australian cricket player, coach and commentator who played Tests and One Day Internationals (ODIs) for Australia. He had an excellent record in Test cricket and is best remembered for revolutionising the ODI format. Through the late 1980s and early 1990s, he was recognised as among the best ODI batsmen in the world, a view which has been validated in the retrospective ICC Player Rankings. His batting was often characterised by his agile footwork against both pace and spin, quick running between wickets, and willingness to take risks and intimidate bowlers. In 2019, Jones was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame. [1]

Contents

Domestic career

Jones began his first-class career in the 1981–82 season with Victoria in the Sheffield Shield. Jones also played for Durham and Derbyshire in the English County Championship. [2] Jones captained Derbyshire to second place in the 1996 County Championship, their best finish for 60 years. Jones scored 1,338 runs in the season, more than any other Derbyshire player. [3] [4] He left Derbyshire mid-season in 1997 after disagreements with team mates. [3] [4] Jones also had run-ins with authority and teammates in his home state of Victoria. [5] During his career, he scored 19,188 runs in first-class matches, including 55 centuries and 88 half centuries and a highest score of 324 not out, at an average of 51.85. [6]

International career

Jones was selected on the 1984 tour of the West Indies after Graham Yallop had to pull out due to injury. He was not picked in the original XI, but was drafted into the side after Steve Smith fell ill. Jones himself was very ill before the Test, and deemed his score of 48 on his debut as his "best knock". [7] Between 1984 and 1992, Jones played 52 Test matches for Australia, scoring 3,631 runs, including 11 centuries, at an average of 46.55. [6]

His most notable innings was in only his third Test, against India in the Tied Test in Madras (Chennai) in 1986. Suffering from dehydration in the oppressively hot and humid conditions, Jones was frequently vomiting on the pitch. [8] [9] He wanted to go off the field "retired ill" which led his captain Allan Border to say that if he could not handle the conditions, he would "get a Queenslander" (Greg Ritchie, a Queenslander like Border, was the next man in to bat). This comment spurred Jones to score 210, an innings he considered a defining moment in his career and one of the epic Test innings in Australian cricket folklore. [7] This innings of 210 remains the highest score by an Australian cricketer in India. After the match, Jones was put on to an intravenous drip. [10]

One of the keys to Australia's unexpected victory in the 1987 Cricket World Cup was the batting foundation laid by the top three batsmen - Jones batting at number three behind the openers David Boon and Geoff Marsh. Jones would score a total of 314 runs at an average of 44, with 3 half-centuries. [11] During a 1987 World Cup match against India, one of Jones' shots was changed from a four to a six during the innings break. Australia later won the match by one run. Jones was quoted as saying that he had spoken to the umpires to demand it was changed to a six. [12]

Jones went on to be a mainstay of the Australian Test team middle order over the next six years and being one of the stars of the successful 1989 Ashes tour of England. He was recognised for his efforts by being named as one of Cricketers of the Year in the 1990 edition of Wisden Almanack. He was controversially dropped from the test team at the start of the 1992–93 season, despite having topped the averages in the previous Test series, against Sri Lanka. [13]

Jones stayed in the one-day team a little longer: he was omitted from the one-day team for the 1993 Ashes tour, but managed to force his way back into the team for one last stint during the 1993–94 season. After Jones was dropped from the eighth and final ODI of the series in South Africa, Jones immediately announced his retirement from ODI cricket. [14]

After cricket

After retiring in 1998, he continued to remain involved in cricket as a coach, commentator and writer for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald . [15]

He was also a noted fundraiser for people with cancer. On 12 June 2006, in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, he was made a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for "service to cricket as a player, coach and commentator, and to the community through fundraising activities for organisations assisting people with cancer". [15] In 2007, Jones was named in Australia's "greatest ever ODI team." [16] He was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in 2019. [1]

Dean Jones's career performance graph. Dean Jones graph.png
Dean Jones's career performance graph.

Coaching career

Jones worked as the head coach of Islamabad United in Pakistan Super League (PSL). During his reign, Islamabad United won the 2016 and 2018 Pakistan Super Leagues. [17] [18] In November 2019, Jones became head coach of PSL team Karachi Kings, replacing Mickey Arthur ahead of the 5th edition of Pakistan Super League. [17]

In October 2017, Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) appointed Jones as the interim head coach for Afghanistan's Intercontinental Cup fixture against Hong Kong. [19]

Commentary career

He received the nickname "Professor Deano" after giving a pitch report for a television show by dressing up as a professor prior to the group stage match of the 2004 Asia Cup between India and Sri Lanka which was at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium on 18 July 2004. [20] [21] [22] He eventually emerged as one of the prominent broadcasters in cricket and was known for his work as commentator with Indian Premier League select dugout show in Star Sports. [23] He also served as a summariser for BBC's Test Match Special and had a brief stint as a commentator in the Tamil Nadu Premier League as well as in the Karnataka Premier League. [24] [25] During his later part of commentary career, he voiced his opinions on reviving international cricket in Pakistan since 2009. [26]

He also toured war-torn Afghanistan to work as a commentator for the fifth edition of the Shpageeza Cricket League in 2017. He narrowly escaped a suicide bomb blast at the Kabul International Cricket Ground while working as a commentator during a group match of the 2017 Shpageeza Cricket League. [27] [28]

Controversy

Despite his abundant talent as a cricketer, Jones's strong personality and tendency to speak his mind sometimes resulted in friction and conflict with teammates, other players and selectors. An example is an incident on 16 January 1993 during the first one-day final of the 1992–93 Benson & Hedges World Series against West Indies at the Sydney Cricket Ground, when he asked paceman Curtly Ambrose to remove the wristband he was wearing on his bowling arm. Riled by this request, Ambrose went on to take 5/32 for the match. He followed this up in the remaining two games of the Test series with a 10-wicket haul in Adelaide and then a famous spell of 7 for 1 in Perth to help the West Indies retain the Frank Worrell Trophy. [29] Writing about the incident over 20 years later, Jones reflected that, at the time, he was struggling to keep his place in the team after having his thumb broken by Wasim Akram. Furthermore, Damien Martyn had taken Jones's spot in the Test side, and Jones was furious after coach Bob Simpson announced the team for the upcoming Test in Adelaide and was again left out. Jones noticed that Ambrose's white wristbands were causing difficulties for the batsmen, and thought that by asking him to remove them, "it would create a massive stir within the Windies team and might get Ambrose to bowl a different line and length". [30]

Jones's commentating contract with 10 Sport was terminated after referring to South African player Hashim Amla as a "terrorist" on 7 August 2006. When Amla, who is a Muslim with a full beard, took a catch, Jones was heard to say "the terrorist gets another wicket". [31] Jones made the comment during a commercial break, but the comment went to air live in South Africa as its broadcast had not been interrupted. He apologised for his actions. [32]

In April 2020, Jones rescinded his life membership at Cricket Victoria and removed his name from the best men's one-day player award. He suggested the administration had given "jobs for the boys" in hiring David Hussey and Michael Klinger as head coaches of the Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades respectively, jobs he had applied for at the time. [33] The comments were labelled "a good bit of self-promotion" by Cricket Victoria performance boss Shaun Graf. [34]

Personal life

Jones had a sister and three brothers. He was married to Jane at the time of his death. They had two daughters together, Augusta and Phoebe. Jones also had a son from a previous relationship. [35]

Death

Jones died on 24 September 2020 in Mumbai due to a stroke, aged 59. It was originally reported he had a heart attack. [35] He was a part of the 2020 Indian Premier League commentary team for the Star Network at the time of his death. [36] [37] Jones collapsed in a hotel in Mumbai at around midday IST (UTC+05:30). Fellow former Australian cricketer Brett Lee witnessed the emergency and attempted CPR to resuscitate Jones prior to an ambulance arriving. [38] The Victorian Coroner confirmed that his death was caused by stroke. [35]

Notes

  1. 1 2 Pierik, Jon (11 February 2019). "Jones, Fitzpatrick and Murdoch inducted into cricket's Hall of Fame". The Age. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  2. "Former Australia batsman Jones dies". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  3. 1 2 "Jones quits at Derbyshire as unrest grows". ESPNcricinfo . 13 June 1997. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  4. 1 2 "Divisions that forced Derbyshire to the brink". The Independent . 18 February 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  5. "Jones 'hurt' by 'poor' Victorian leadership". cricket.com.au. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  6. 1 2 "Dean Jones". ESPNcricinfo . Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  7. 1 2 "'I'm trying to hit sixes in the commentary box'". Cricinfo.
  8. "India vs Australia 1986-87: Dean Jones urinated, vomited, was dehydrated, but continued to battle on". Cricket Country. 19 September 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  9. "'I can't remember a thing after 120 in that innings'". www.espncricinfo.com. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  10. "Six sixes, and the fastest fifty". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  11. "All-round records | One-Day Internationals | Cricinfo Statsguru | ESPNcricinfo.com". Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  12. "Secret out! How Dean Jones plotted India's 1987 Cricket World Cup 1-run loss vs Australia". Hindustan Times . 19 September 2017. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  13. "Australia in Sri Lanka, Aug-Sep 1992 - Test Averages". static.espncricinfo.com.
  14. "'No thank you, no nothing' – Dean Jones on his sudden Australia retirement". Wisden. 30 June 2020. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  15. 1 2 "Australian cricketer Dean Jones dead". The Sydney Morning Herald . 24 September 2020. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  16. Daily Times (28 February 2007). "Australia names greatest ODI team" . Retrieved 1 March 2007.
  17. 1 2 Paul Radley (25 March 2018). "Luke Ronchi stars as Islamabad United beat Peshawar Zalmi to clinch PSL 2018". The National. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  18. "Dean Jones appointed Karachi Kings head coach after leaving Islamabad United". The Cricketer . November 2019. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  19. "Dean Jones appointed interim Afghanistan coach". ESPN Cricinfo. 9 October 2017. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  20. Rao, K. Shriniwa (25 September 2020). "Dean Jones, gutsy player and 'Prof' of ODI batting, dead". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  21. Kumar, P. k Ajith (24 September 2020). "Professor Deano — the entertainer in the box". The Hindu. ISSN   0971-751X . Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  22. AFP (25 September 2020). "Australian cricket great Dean Jones dies after heart attack in India | New Straits Times". NST Online. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  23. "'Hero to a generation', Dean Jones will be missed". www.icc-cricket.com. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  24. "Dean Jones was a jovial person". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  25. "I would like to see World Cup in Tests: Dean Jones - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  26. Jones, Dean (22 November 2019). "Would you play cricket in Pakistan?". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  27. "Dean Jones, cricketers make narrow escape as blast kills 3 near Kabul stadium". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  28. Dean Jones (8 December 2018). "Big Bash League: Dean Jones on BBL star Rashid Khan and Afghanistan cricket; My brush with Islamic State". AthletesVoice. PureForm Golf. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  29. "Dean Jones commits the sin of forcing Curtly Ambrose to remove his wristband". CricketCountry.com. 17 January 2017. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  30. Jones, Dean (25 December 2015). "Dean Jones: How I lost a Test series against the Windies". The Sydney Morning Herald .
  31. "When Dean Jones called Hashim Amla a terrorist". The Week. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  32. "Dean Jones sacked after 'terrorist' remark". www.espncricinfo.com.
  33. "Jones 'hurt' by 'poor' Victorian leadership". cricket.com.au. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  34. "Cricket 2020: Dean Jones radio interview, Shaun Graf responds, BBL, Melbourne Stars coach, Renegades". Fox Sports. 9 April 2020. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  35. 1 2 3 Pierik, Jon (25 December 2020). "Family confirms Dean Jones died from catastrophic stroke as they prepare for Boxing Day tribute". The Age. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  36. "Former Australia batsman Dean Jones dies aged 59". ESPN cricinfo. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  37. "Australian cricket legend Dean Jones has died of a massive heart attack". CricEarth. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  38. "Brett Lee revived Australian cricket great Dean Jones twice before death". news.com.au. 26 September 2020. Retrieved 27 September 2020.

Related Research Articles

Courtney Walsh Jamaican cricketer

Courtney Andrew Walsh OJ is a former Jamaican cricketer who represented the West Indies from 1984 to 2001, captaining the West Indies in 22 Test matches. He is a fast bowler, and best known for a remarkable opening bowling partnership along with fellow West Indian Curtly Ambrose for several years. Walsh played 132 Tests and 205 ODIs for the West Indies and took 519 and 227 wickets respectively. He shared 421 Test wickets with Ambrose in 49 matches. He held the record of most Test wickets from 2000, after he broke the record of Kapil Dev. This record was later broken in 2004 by Shane Warne. He was the first bowler to reach 500 wickets in Test cricket. His autobiography is entitled "Heart of the Lion". Walsh was named one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1987, and one of the West Indian Cricket Cricketer of the Year a year later. In October 2010, he was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. He was appointed as the Specialist Bowling Coach of Bangladesh Cricket Team in August 2016.

Anil Kumble Former Indian cricketer

Anil Kumble is an Indian Cricket coach, Captain, former cricketer and commentator who played Tests and ODIs for 18 years. Widely regarded as one of the greatest bowlers in test cricket history, he is a right-arm leg spin bowler. He has taken 619 wickets in Test cricket and remains the third-highest wicket taker of all time. In 1999 while playing against Pakistan, Kumble dismissed all ten batsmen in a Test match innings, joining England's Jim Laker as the only players to achieve the feat. He is also the only Indian Player to have done that till date. Unlike his contemporaries, Kumble was not a big turner of the ball, but relied primarily on pace, bounce, and accuracy. He was nicknamed "Apple" and "Jumbo". Kumble was selected as the Cricketer of the Year in 1993 Indian Cricket, and one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year three years later.

Wasim Akram Pakistani former professional cricketer

Wasim Akram is a Pakistani cricket commentator, coach, and former cricketer and captain of the Pakistan national cricket team. He is widely acknowledged as the greatest bowler of all time. A left-arm fast bowler who could bowl with significant pace, he has represented Pakistan in Test cricket and One Day International (ODI) matches. In October 2013, Wasim Akram was the only Pakistani cricketer to be named in an all-time Test World XI to mark the 150th anniversary of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.

Jacques Kallis South African cricketer

Jacques Henry Kallis is a South African cricket coach and former cricketer. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time and as South Africa's greatest batsman ever, he is a right-handed batsman and right-arm fast-medium swing bowler. As of 2020 he is the only cricketer in the history of the game to score more than 10,000 runs and take over 250 wickets in both ODI and Test match cricket; he also took 131 ODI catches. He scored 13,289 runs in his Test match career and took 292 wickets and 200 catches.

Bangladesh national cricket team National sports team

The Bangladesh men's national cricket team, popularly known as The Tigers, is administered by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). It is a Full Member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) with Test, One-Day International (ODI) and T20 International (T20I) status. It played its first Test match in November 2000 against India in Dhaka, becoming the tenth Test-playing nation.

Damien Martyn Australian cricketer

Damien Richard Martyn is an Australian cricket commentator and former cricketer, who played Tests and ODIs. He played for the national team sporadically in 1992–1994 before becoming a regular ODI player from 1999 to 2000 and a regular Test player in 2000 until his retirement in late 2006. He was primarily a right-handed middle-order batsman with a 'classical' technique, known in particular for his elegant strokemaking square of the wicket on the off-side and through the covers.

Mohamed Farveez Maharoof, or Farveez Maharoof, is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer, who plays for Tests and ODIs. He first made his impression in the 2004 U19 World Cup in which he captained the Sri Lankan team. He enjoyed a prolific school career for Wesley College, with a highest score of 243 and best bowling figures of 8 for 20. An all-rounder, he made his Test debut in 2004.

Mahela Jayawardene Sri Lankan cricketer

Denagamage Praboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene, usually known as Mahela Jayawardene, is a Sri Lankan cricket coach and a former cricketer. Regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in cricket, Mahela is the most successful captain for Sri Lanka. He holds the world record for highest individual score by a right-handed batsmen(374). He made his Test cricket debut in 1997 and his One Day International (ODI) debut the following season. In 2006 he made the highest ever score by a Sri Lankan in Test cricket, scoring 374 in the second Test of Sri Lanka's home series against South Africa. He has a test cricket average of just under 50 and a One Day average in the 30s. He is the first player in the history of Sri Lankan cricket to score over 10,000 Test runs. He is also the second Sri Lankan player to score more than 10,000 runs in ODIs. Mahela is also the Chairman of Sri Lanka National Sports Council.

MS Dhoni Indian cricket player

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, is a former Indian international cricketer who captained the Indian national team in limited-overs formats from 2007 to 2017 and in Test cricket from 2008 to 2014. Under his captaincy, India won the inaugural 2007 ICC World Twenty20, the 2010 and 2016 Asia Cups, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. A right-handed middle-order batsman and wicket-keeper, Dhoni is one of the highest run scorers in One Day Internationals (ODIs) with more than 10,000 runs scored and is considered an effective "finisher" in limited-overs formats. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest wicket-keeper batsmen and captains in the history of the game. He was also the first wicket-keeper to effect 100 stumpings in ODI cricket.

David Laud Houghton is a Zimbabwean cricket coach and former cricketer. He is the current head coach of Derbyshire County Cricket Club.

Misbah-ul-Haq Pakistani cricketer

Misbah-ul-Haq Khan Niazi is a Pakistani cricket coach and former international cricketer. Ul-haq captained Pakistan in Test cricket and One Day Internationals (ODIs). Ul-haq is the current head coach and former chief selector of the Pakistan national team.

Hashim Amla South African cricketer

Hashim Mohemed Amla OIS a former South African international cricketer who played for South Africa in all three formats of the game. Amla holds the record for being the fastest ever to score 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 ODI runs. He also became the fastest cricketer to reach 10 ODI centuries. Amla is an occasional off break bowler and was South Africa's Test captain from June 2014 to January 2016.

Mushfiqur Rahim Bangladeshi cricketer

Mushfiqur Rahim, known as 'Mushi' or 'Mushfiq', is a Bangladeshi cricketer and the former captain and vice-captain of the Bangladesh national cricket team. He is considered as the best and most successful captain of Bangladesh in tests. According to Jamie Siddons, the former coach of Bangladesh, Rahim's batting is so versatile that he can bat anywhere in the top order, from one to six. He is the highest individual scorer by a Bangladesh batsman in Test cricket. He is the first and only wicketkeeper-batsman in the history of Test cricket to score two double hundreds. He is also the first and only Bangladeshi batsman to score three double-hundreds in Tests. Mushfiqur is the only Bangladeshi player to win 150 international matches.

Dean Elgar is a South African cricketer who plays Tests and ODIs, and is the current Test captain. He is a left-handed opening batsman and a slow-left arm bowler.

Angelo Mathews Sri Lankan cricketer

Angelo Davis Mathews,, is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer and a former captain in all formats. He was also a key member of the team that won the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 and was part of the team that made the finals of 2011 Cricket World Cup, 2009 ICC World Twenty20 and 2012 ICC World Twenty20. An occasional bowler who can deliver swinging match-winning spells, Mathews and Lasith Malinga holds the record for the highest ninth wicket partnership in ODI cricket.

Francois "Faf" du Plessis is a South African international cricketer and former captain of the South Africa national cricket team.

Virat Kohli Indian international cricketer

Virat Kohli is an Indian cricketer and the current captain of the India national team. A right-handed top-order batsman, Kohli is regarded as one of the best contemporary batsmen in the world. He plays for Delhi in domestic cricket and for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as captain of the franchise since 2013.

Ravichandran Ashwin Indian cricketer

Ravichandran Ashwinpronunciation  is an Indian international cricketer. An all-rounder who bats right-handed and bowls right-arm off break, Ashwin plays for Tamil Nadu in domestic cricket and Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League. He is the fastest Indian bowler to reach the 50-, 100-, 150-, 200-, 250-, 300-, 350- and 400-wicket mark in Test cricket in terms of number of innings. In 2016, he became the third Indian to win the ICC Cricketer of the Year award. He is currently the highest ranked spinner in Test cricket, and the highest ranked Test bowler for India on the ICC Player Rankings.

Virender Sehwag Retired Indian cricketer

Virender Sehwagpronunciation  is a former Indian cricketer. Widely regarded as one of the most destructive batsmen of all time, Sehwag played as an aggressive right-handed opening batsman and also bowled part-time right-arm off-spin. He played his first One Day International in 1999 and joined the Indian test side in 2001. In April 2009, Sehwag became the first Indian to be honoured as the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World for his performance in 2008, subsequently becoming the first player of any nationality to retain the award for 2009. He is the former Occasional captain of India, former Vice-Captain of India, former captain of Delhi Daredevils and former captain of Delhi Ranji Team.

Shai Diego Hope is a Barbadian cricketer, who plays for the West Indies cricket team. At the age of 21, he was called into the West Indies squad after he scored a double century against the Windwards Islands at the Kensington Oval on the last day of the 2014–15 Regional Four Day Competition. In June 2018, he was named the Men's Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year and the ODI Cricketer of the Year at the annual Cricket West Indies' Awards. The following year, he was named the ODI Player of the Year.

References

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kim Barnett
Derbyshire cricket captains
1996–1997
Succeeded by
Dominic Cork