25 September 2020

VALE | Dean Jones

Sydney Cricket and Sports Grounds Chairman Tony Shepherd AO has passed on his condolences following the death of Australian cricketer Dean Jones, at the age of 59.

“The Sydney Cricket and Sports Grounds is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Dean Jones. He was a great Australian, a revered cricketer and a dear friend to so many in the sporting community,” said Chairman Tony Shepherd AO on Friday.

“Jones was a fan-favourite at his every visit to the SCG. His 184 not-out in the 1986/87 Ashes series was a trademark innings which earned him a reputation for being one of Australia’s most relentless competitors.

“‘He was always warmly-welcomed at the ground and was a regular in the press box in recent years. We’ll miss his commentary, personality and presence at the SCG this summer and for many years to come.

“On behalf of the entire SCG community, we extend our deepest condolences to Jane and their daughters Augusta and Phoebe.”

Jones represented Australia in 52 Tests (Six at the SCG) and 164 One-Day Internationals (33 at the SCG), and won admirers the world over with his dashing shot-making and superb fielding.

He went on to become a highly-regarded coach and commentator. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2006 for his services to cricket and charity and was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in 2019.

“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,” Australian Men’s Head Coach Justin Langer said of Jones’ passing.

“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.”

The flags atop of the Members Pavilion will fly at half-mast today.

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