Former Australia batsman Dean Jones has died at the age of 59.
The International Cricket Council said Jones suffered a heart attack in Mumbai, where he working as a commentator on the Indian Premier League (IPL), on Thursday.
The IPL expressed sorrow at the news, in a statement that read: “We are extremely shocked and sad to learn of the untimely demise of Mr Dean Jones. His energy and enthusiasm for the game will be truly missed. Our thoughts with his family, friends and his followers in this hour of grief.”
Former Australia head coach Darren Lehmann was among the many to pay tribute to Jones, who played 164 ODIs and 52 Test matches in a successful career.
Lehmann wrote on Twitter: “So sad. RIP legend and love to his family, our thoughts are with them all xxxx”
Cricket Australia is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dean Jones, aged 59.
Jones represented Australia in 52 Tests and 164 One-Day Internationals, winning admirers the world over with his dashing shot-making and superb fielding.
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) September 24, 2020
Attacking right-hander Jones made 3,631 runs at an average of 44.61 during his Test career and racked up 6,068 at 44.61 on the ODI stage.
The Victorian made 11 Test centuries and seven hundreds for Australia in one-day cricket, also crafting 60 half-centuries for his country.
Jones showed his incredibly strong character by scoring a magnificent 210 in hot and humid conditions in a tied Test with India in 1986.
He also struck a brilliant 216, his highest Test score, against a formidable West Indies attack in Adelaide three years later.