Tributes Come Flooding In After Tragic Passing Of Aussie Cricket Legend Dean Jones
Tributes have come pouring in for Australian cricket legend Dean Jones who tragically passed away in what's being described as 'colossal loss to the cricketing community'.
The former batsman was in Mumbai, where he was commentating on the Indian Premier League when he suffered a heart attack. He was just 59.
Former Australian cricketer Brett Lee was there when the tragedy unfolded and did CPR on the Hall of Famer until he was taken to hospital.
Hours later, Lee fronted the media and said: "He is an absolute legend. Firstly to his family and friends we send our condolences. It's a real tough day for everyone, not only for his close mates ... and the whole cricketing world in general."
People all around the world have been paying tribute to the legend, commentator and coach since news of his death was announced.
Cricket Australia Chair Earl Eddings said Jones' death will leave a massive hole in the hearts of cricket fans.
Dean Jones will be missed , he taught me so much on and off the ground , I and all of the cricketing world will miss him . Our thoughts are with Jane and the family at this time, lots of love from the lehmanns xx https://t.co/tczPeAshYL- Darren Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) September 24, 2020
"Dean Jones was a hero to a generation of cricketers and will forever be remembered as a legend of this great game," Eddings said.
"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."
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PCB is devastated with the news of Dean Jones' passing. On behalf of Pakistan cricket, the PCB offers its heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and the entire cricket community. pic.twitter.com/Bur7K12Vrs- Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) September 24, 2020
Shocked to hear about the tragic loss of Dean Jones. Praying for strength and courage to his family and friends. :pray:- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 24, 2020
Absolutely heartbreaking news about Dean Jones passing away.- Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 24, 2020
A wonderful soul taken away too soon. Had the opportunity to play against him during my first tour of Australia.
May his soul rest in peace and my condolences to his loved ones. :pray: pic.twitter.com/u6oEY1h7zz
Then Australia coach Bob Simpson said it was the best innings of cricket he had ever seen played by an Australian.
Jones had an impressive 10-year international career.
He won 52 Test caps and played in 164 one-day internationals. He racked up a whopping 11 centuries and averaged 46.5 in Test cricket.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has added to the wealth of comments being made about Jones.
Dean Jones was the epitome of grit, determination and sheer fight.- Dan Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP) September 24, 2020
He rewrote the rulebook for the one-day game - and should have been picked for many more than his 52 Tests.
A legend of sport. A legend of this state.
And we love him 'cause he's Victorian. pic.twitter.com/dZsxnqHrAo
He wrote on social media: "An absolute cricketing legend. A true entertainer at the crease, whose flair with the bat & electric running between the wickets changed the game forever. A genuine good guy & a huge loss. Our hearts go out to Dean's family, friends, the Australian cricket family & his many fans."
Jones was inducted into the Australian Hall of Fame in 2019.
RIP Deano - you'll be sorely missed.
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