Players from both teams will pay tribute to Dean Jones ahead of the ODI at the SCG on Friday
Cricket: The cricket star Dean Jones says goodbye at the MCG with a lap of honor. The 59-year-old suddenly died in India at the end of September.
The players will pay tribute to Dean Jones ahead of the one-day clash between Australia and India at SCG on Friday (Photo by Getty Images). Source: Getty Images
The Australian and Indian players will wear black armbands and there will be a minute’s silence to pay tribute to cricket legend Dean Jones before the international summer begins on Friday at SCG.
A video tribute to Jones, who tragically and suddenly passed away in September aged just 59, will also be played as the cricket world pauses to remember one of Australia’s greatest players.
It is about planning a second tribute to Jones to his beloved MCG during the Boxing Day Test, which is expected to attract up to 40. 000 visitors will take part.
Quite a number of seats will be covered with a banner throughout the test recognizing the Victorian great’s contribution to the game.
With his family in Melbourne, Boxing Day ceremony will include reading a poem about Jones written by his great friend Chris Driscoll.
The poem contains the lines; « Hold him tenderly, O’Mutter India, because he was our favorite son. Gently place the zinc-white ash on his resting forehead. Anoint him in linseed oil. Put old willow next to it. We are waiting for him, for his return. « . ”
During the tea break on opening day, at 3:24 a.m., there will be a video tribute recognizing Jones’ test number 324.
That number was also his highest first-class score he scored against South Australia in the MCG in 1994-95.
A private family funeral for Jones last month, which only 10 people could attend due to COVID-19 restrictions, included a lap of honor at the MCG where he took six of his 52 tests.
His wife Jane had hoped for a more public tribute, which will now take place at the Boxing Day Test.
A working group with members of the MCC, Cricket Victoria and Cricket Australia is working on other elements to be included in the MCG tribute.
Jones, who was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame last year, played in 52 tests and 164 one-day international matches and revolutionized the 50-over format with his shot and excellent fielding.
His epic 210, tested in Madras in 1986, is also part of the Australian cricket folklore.
After his death, honors flowed from around the world for Jones, a player, coach and commentator who was loved beyond Australia.
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