Dean Jones has been one of the icons of cricket and a revelation for Australia. He has impacted not only Australia cricket, but, the entire world. Let us trace his journey from all the facets of his life:
As a Player
Back in the 1980s, ODI cricket was pretty much on the lines of Test cricket with teams scoring around the run-rates of 4 to 4.5. Of course, it had its own pioneers like Viv Richards, Zaheer Abbas and Gordon Greenidge who were the aggressive ones of this lot. They were good at hitting boundaries, but, they often would run a solitary run where it was an easy double. Hence, there were hardly any totals of 300 or above back then.
This went on until a guy named Dean Jones from Queensland burst onto the international stage. He completely changed the ODI game by taking quick singles and doubles. Often, his partner had to be athletic enough to make the mark. Playing in Australia’s longer boundaries helped his game a lot. He knew that running between the wickets was pretty much as important as hitting boundaries.Embed from Getty Images
This was pretty much a revolution. Players understood that they had to be quick and agile for quick singles and doubles.
Apart from being a fantastic ODI batsman, Jones was an incredible slip fielder too. He raised the standards in fielding with incredible athleticism. He was regarded as one of the greatest slip catchers of his time.
Jones was an equally good batsman in Tests too, he had an exceptional average around 46 with 11 centuries. It also included a superb 210 against India in the tied Test at Madras. What made the knock more special was that Jones was playing with cramps and continuous vomiting.
He also won the World Cup with Australia in 1987 being the second highest scorer for them in that WC.Embed from Getty Images
However, his career ended a lot short than expected spanning only 10 years due to a huge controversy. Jones will still be regarded as one of the best ODI batsmen Australia have ever produced.
As a Coach
Dean Jones has also coached a few T20 franchises in the PSL. He was the coach of Islamabad United in 2016. In the three years as coach, Jones bagged two titles (2016 and 2018). He also later coached Karachi Kings in the 2019 PSL. His contribution as a coach to Pakistan cricket was immense. He helped them to discover new exciting talents.Embed from Getty Images
In the International Continental Cup against Hong Kong, Jones coached the Afghanistan cricket team. He succeeded in this aspect of cricket as well.
As a Commentator
Jones once was giving a pitch report in 2004 Asia Cup between India and Sri Lanka where he dressed up as a professor and showed the big names who could fire that game. From then on, he came to be known as Professor Deano.Embed from Getty Images
Deano has been one of the most popular commentators in the past decade. His passion for commentary was so much that was ready to travel anywhere to do the job he loved. Apart from many international leagues and tournaments, he has had commentary stints in Karnataka Premier League and Tamil Nadu Premier League as well. He also toured war-torn Afghanistan to work as a commentator for the fifth edition of the Shpageeza Cricket League.
Known for the tendency to speak his mind, he often had fun banters with fellow commentators. However, there was an instance when Dean Jones’ called Hashim Amla a terrorist on air. This led to a lot of criticism and Jones was in verge of getting sacked.
Deano also had a fun stint in the IPL at Star Sports Dugout. Scott Styris and Deano formed a great duo with funny banter as well as some quality analysis. In the year 2019, in order to make the game more fun, he organized an MVP award for the best predictions and the best analysis.Embed from Getty Images
He also carried a red book in his hand where there would be all his insights, stats and facts about the game. He didn’t want to get out of the game he loved. Noticing this, commentator Michael Slater said, “I doubt anyone who loves cricket more than him.”
It could be well said that Deano was a man who enjoyed to do whatever related to cricket in any department let it be batting, fielding, commentating and coaching.
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