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Dean Jones passes away: Cricketing world left 'shocked' and 'numbed' by death of former Australia batsman and commentator

Dean Jones played 52 Tests and 164 ODIs for Australia and was part of the 1987 World Cup winning team.

Dean Jones passes away: Cricketing world left 'shocked' and 'numbed' by death of former Australia batsman and commentator

File image of Dean Jones. AFP

Former Australia batsman Dean Jones has died of a cardiac arrest in a Mumbai hotel, Indian Premier League broadcasters Star Sports have confirmed.

Jones, 59, was in Mumbai with the Star Sports' commentary team for the IPL.

He played 52 Tests and 164 ODIs for Australia and was part of the 1987 World Cup winning team.

"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," Star Sports said in a press release.

"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," the release added.

"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," the broadcasters said.

The cricketing world mourned the sudden passing away of Jones.

The cricketing world was in a state of shock

Everyone was short of words!

 

Styris bid adieu to a friend

It's been a bad year all around

 

Former Australia captain Clarke was speechless after getting this terrible news

'59 isn't the age to go', says Aakash

Kumble gave his condolences

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With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: September 24, 2020 16:55:31 IST

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