Dean Jones died on 24 September 2020 in Mumbai due to cardiac arrest. He was a part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) commentary team for the Star Network at the time of his death. Jones was found in his hotel room in Mumbai, and Brett Lee tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him.
Dean Jones dead: How did former Australia cricketer Dean Jones die?
Former Australian cricket legend Dean Jones has aged 59 in Mumbai. How did Dean Jones die?
Dean Jones has died aged 59, it has been confirmed today. The former Austrialian cricket was in India for the IPL 2020. During the height of his career between 1984 and 1992, Jones played 52 Tests and 164 ODIs for Australia, scoring 3631 runs in red-ball cricket.
How did Dean Jones die?
Star Sports India, the host broadcasters for IPL 2020, confirmed Dean Jones died from a heart attack in a statement.
The statement said: "It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing away of Mr. Dean Mervyn Jones AM.
"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.
"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 associating himself with Cricket development across South Asia.
"He was passionate about discovering new talent and nurturing young Cricketers. He was a champion commentator whose presence and presentation of the game always brought joy to millions of fans.
"He will be sorely missed by everyone at Star and his millions of fans across the globe. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."
Dean Jones Net Worth
Dean had started his first-class career in the 1981-82 season with Victoria in the Sheffield Shield. He had also played for Durham and Derbyshire on the English Championship. His international career started with the 1984 tour of the West Indies. From 1984 to 1992, he played 52 Test matches for Australia and scored 3,631 runs with 11 centuries. He was one of the players behind Australia’s unexpected victory in the 1987 Cricket World Cup. Dean went on to be a mainstay in Australia Test team middle order over the next six years and became one of the stars of the successful 1989 Ashes Tour of England. In 1990, he was also named the Cricketer of the year by Wisden Almanack. He retired from playing cricket in 1998.
After cricket, Dean had a coaching career. He remained with Derbyshire as a coach while working as a commentator and writer for The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. He coached Islamabad United, Afghanistan Cricket Board, and Karachi Kings. During his last days, he was working as a commentator for StarIndia.
Dean Mervyn Jones AM (24 March 1961 – 24 September 2020) was an Australian cricket commentator, coach and cricketer, who played Tests and One Day Internationals (ODIs) for Australia. He boasted an excellent record in Test cricket, and is best remembered for his batting and fielding in the ODI format. Through the late 1980s and early 1990s he was regarded among the best ODI batsmen in the world, a view which has been validated in the retrospective ICC Player Rankings. His batting was characterized by his nimble footwork against both pace and spin, quick running between wickets and willingness to take risks. In 2019 Jones was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame. Jones died of cardiac arrest on 24 September 2020 at the age of 59.
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. Jones captained Derbyshire to second 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. He left Derbyshire mid-season in 1997 after disagreements with team mates. Jones also had run-ins with authority and teammates in his home state of Victoria. 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.
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". Between 1984 and 1992, Jones played 52 Test matches for Australia, scoring 3,631 runs, including 11 centuries, at an average of 46.55.
His most notable innings was in only his third Test against India in the Tied Test in Chennai (Madras) in 1986. Suffering from dehydration in the oppressively hot and humid conditions, Jones was frequently vomiting on the pitch. 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. 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.
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. 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.
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 recognized 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.
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.
Jones continued to play for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield. In 1996, he joined Derbyshire as their overseas player and was also appointed captain. Jones led from the front, scoring over 1300 runs with 4 centuries at an average of 49.55, as Derbyshire finished second in the County Championship, their best result in many years. However, he announced his resignation in June the following year after the players revolted against his captaincy. 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.
He is 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". In 2007, Jones was named in Australia's "greatest ever ODI team."
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. Arguably the most famous incident during his international career occurred 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.
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".
Jones's commentating contract with Ten Sports 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". 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 to all concerned.
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. The comments were labelled "a good bit of self-promotion" by Cricket Victoria performance boss Shaun Graf.
Jones died on 24 September 2020 in Mumbai due to cardiac arrest. He was a part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) commentary team for the Star Network at the time of his death. Jones was found in his hotel room in Mumbai, and Brett Lee tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him.