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Former Australia batsman Dean Jones dies at 59

Former Australia cricketer Dean Jones, regarded as one of the finest batsmen of his generation, died from cardiac arrest yesterday aged 59, Indian broadcaster Star India said, prompting tributes from the prime minister and fellow players.

Jones won the World Cup with Australia in 1987 and played 52 tests and 164 one-day internationals in an international career that spanned 10 years from 1984. Jones was in Mumbai as part of Star India’s commentary panel for the Indian Premier League. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison paid tribute to “an absolute cricketing legend” as he sent his condolences to Jones’s family. “A true entertainer at the crease, whose flair with the bat and electric running between the wickets changed the game forever. A genuine good guy & a huge loss,” Morrison tweeted. Former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar said he was heartbroken. “A wonderful soul taken away too soon,” Tendulkar said. “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.” Jones ended his career with 3,631 runs in tests at an average of 46.55 with 11 hundreds and 14 half-centuries, and over 6,000 runs in ODIs with seven centuries and 46 fifties.


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