Dean Jones Biography
Dean Jones is a former Australian cricketer, born in Coburg, Victoria on 24 March 1961. This right-handed batsman was a part of the 1987 World Cup winning Australian squad. He also played the 1992 World Cup.
Jones used to play for Victoria in the Australian domestic competition, Sheffield Shield since 1981. He was noticed after a couple of years as he stood out among others due to his brilliant footwork. He played his last game for Victoria in 1998 and is their highest run-getter ever, with the highest score is 324*.
Dean Jones made his international debut in an ODI against Pakistan in Adelaide on 30 January 1984. He remained not out on 40 playing 47 balls. Australia went on to win the match by 70 runs.
Due to his great batting technique and fielding, he was picked in the Test team for the first time just a month and a half after his ODI debut. Against West Indies, he played even after being not well himself. He scored 48 runs in the 1st innings. He believes that innings was one of the toughest.
Rise to Glory
In his third Test match, it was extreme heat in Madras (now Chennai). Jones was struggling in the heat and it was getting tough to bat. His captain, Allan Border, was a hard task-master, who instructed Jones that ‘if he couldn’t handle the conditions, he would get another Queenslander in’.
Dean obviously didn’t want that and continued batting. It brought out the best in him and scored a brilliant double-hundred. His inning of 210 is rated among the toughest anyone has ever played. This innings did the rounds in world cricket and Jones earned himself immense respect.
In the 1987 World Cup, he was one of the pillars of the victorious Australian side. He scored runs at an average of 44, which made him one of the best in the team.
Jones was dropped from the Australian team under controversial circumstances. To be dropped from the national side at his peak was very frustrated for Jones.
Another low point was from his commentary career. In 2006, while doing a commentary stint in a match involving South Africa, he forgot to switch off his mike and called Hashim Amla, who is a Muslim, a terrorist on-air. He later gave an apology and had to take his time off his commentary duties.
After making his international debut, he went on to play for Durham and Derbyshire in 1992 and 1996-97.
The Australian has scored 3631 runs in 52 Tests, including 11 hundred (two double-hundreds) and 14 fifties. He averaged 46.55, with the highest score is 216.
In ODIs, he has 6068 runs under his belt in 164 matches. He has seven hundred and 46 fifties to his name. His averages 44.62 in the format.
Jones retired from international cricket on 6 April 1994. Since his retirement, he has been a coach and a commentator.
He was also hired as the interim coach of Afghanistan in October 2017.