Dean Jones (cricketer)

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Dean Jones
Personal information
Full name Dean Mervyn Jones
Born (1961-03-24) 24 March 1961 (age 57)
Coburg, Victoria, Australia
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right arm off spin
Role Batsman, coach, commentator
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 324) 16 March 1984 v West Indies
Last Test 13 September 1992 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 79) 30 January 1984 v Pakistan
Last ODI 6 April 1994 v South Africa
Domestic team information
Years Team
1981–1998 Victoria
1996–1997 Derbyshire
1992 Durham
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 52 164 245 285
Runs scored 3,631 6,068 19,188 10,936
Batting average 46.55 44.61 51.85 46.93
100s/50s 11/14 7/46 55/88 19/72
Top score 216 145 324* 145
Balls bowled 198 106 2,710 802
Wickets 1 3 27 23
Bowling average 64.00 27.00 57.22 30.69
5 wickets in innings 1 0
10 wickets in match n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 1/5 2/34 5/112 2/0
Catches/stumpings 34/– 54/– 185/– 114/–
Source: CricketArchive, 26 January 2009

Dean Mervyn Jones AM (born 24 March 1961) is a former Australian cricketer, who played Tests and One Day Internationals for Australia. Although he could boast an excellent record in Test cricket, Jones is best remembered for his batting and fielding in the ODI format; through the late 1980s and early 1990s he was regarded among the best ODI batsmen in the world, a view which has been validated in the retrospective ICC Player Rankings. His batting was characterized by his nimble footwork against both pace and spin, frenetic running between wickets and willingness to take risks. He was also an outstanding outfielder.

Domestic career

Jones began his first-class career in the 1981–82 season with Victoria in the Sheffield Shield. Jones also played for Durham and Derbyshire in the English County Championship. He left Derbyshire in mid-season and also had run-ins with authority and teammates in his home state of Victoria. During his career, he scored 19,188 runs in first-class matches, including 55 centuries and 88 half centuries and a highest score of 324 not out, at an average of 51.85.

International career

Jones was selected on the 1984 tour of the West Indies after Graham Yallop had to pull out due to injury. He was not picked in the original XI, but was drafted into the side after Steve Smith fell ill. Jones himself was very ill before the Test, and deemed his score of 48 on his debut as his "best knock".[1] Between 1984 and 1992, Jones played 52 Test matches for Australia, scoring 3,631 runs, including 11 centuries, at an average of 46.55.

His most notable innings was in only his third Test against India in the Tied Test in Chennai (Madras) in 1986. Suffering from dehydration in the oppressively hot and humid conditions, Jones was frequently vomiting on the pitch. He wanted to go off the field "retired ill" which led his captain Allan Border to say that if he could not handle the conditions, he would "get a Queenslander" (Greg Ritchie, a Queenslander like Border, was the next man in to bat). This comment spurred Jones to score 210, an innings he considered a defining moment in his career and one of the epic Test innings in Australian cricket folklore.[1] This innings of 210 remains the highest score by an Australian cricketer in India.

One of the keys to Australia's unexpected victory in the 1987 Cricket World Cup was the batting foundation laid by the top three batsmen - Jones batting at number three behind the openers David Boon and Geoff Marsh. Jones would score a total of 314 runs at an average of 44, with 3 half-centuries.

Jones went on to be a mainstay of the Australian Test team middle order over the next six years and being one of the stars of the successful 1989 Ashes tour of England. He was recognized for his efforts by being named as one of Cricketers of the Year in the 1990 edition of Wisden Almanack. He was controversially dropped from the test team at the start of the 1992–93 season, despite having topped the averages in the previous Test series, against Sri Lanka.[2]

Jones stayed in the one-day team a little longer: he was omitted from the one-day team for the 1993 Ashes tour, but managed to force his way back into the team for one last stint during the 1993–94 season, before being dropped for what would be the final time.

After cricket

Jones continued to play for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield. In 1996, he joined Derbyshire as their overseas player and was also appointed captain. Jones led from the front, scoring over 1300 runs with 4 centuries at an average of 49.55[3], as Derbyshire finished second in the County Championship, their best result in many years. However, he announced his resignation in June the following year after the players revolted against his captaincy.[4] After retiring in 1998, he continued to remain involved in cricket as a coach, commentator and writer for The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald.

He is also a noted fundraiser for people with cancer. On 12 June 2006, in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, he was made a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for "service to cricket as a player, coach and commentator, and to the community through fundraising activities for organisations assisting people with cancer".

Jones publicly expressed his disappointment at not being considered for selection as coach of the Indian cricket team in 2005; another former Australian batsman Greg Chappell was selected instead.

Dean Jones' career performance graph.

Coaching career

In February 2016, Jones was the head coach of Islamabad United in PSL 2016 and they won the first ever PSL title in Feb-2016.

In October 2017, Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) appointed Dean Jones as interim head coach for Afghanistan's Intercontinental Cup fixture against Hong Kong.[5]

In March 2018, Jones was the head coach of Islamabad United in third PSL edition. They won the PSL title for the second time in March 2018.[6]

Controversy

Despite his abundant talent as a cricketer, Jones' strong personality and tendency to speak his mind sometimes resulted in friction and conflict with teammates, other players and selectors. Arguably the most famous incident during his international career occurred on 16 January 1993 during the first one-day final of the 1992-93 Benson & Hedges World Series against West Indies at Sydney Cricket Ground, when he asked paceman Curtly Ambrose to remove the wristband he was wearing on his bowling arm. Riled by this request, Ambrose went on to take 5/32 for the match. He followed this up in the remaining two games of the Test series with a 10-wicket haul in Adelaide and then a famous spell of 7 for 1 in Perth to help the West Indies retain the Frank Worrell Trophy.

Writing about the incident over 20 years later, Jones reflected that at the time, he was struggling to keep his place in the team after having his thumb broken by Wasim Akram. Furthermore, Damien Martyn had taken Jones' spot in the Test side, and Jones was furious after coach Bob Simpson announced the team for the upcoming test in Adelaide and was again left out. Jones noticed that Ambrose's white wristbands were causing difficulties for the batsmen, and thought that by asking him to remove them, "it would create a massive stir within the Windies team and might get Ambrose to bowl a different line and length."[7]. Despite vehement protests from the other players, Simpson agreed to Jones' idea, and the rest was history.

Jones' commentating contract with Ten Sports was terminated after referring to South African player Hashim Amla as a "terrorist" on 7 August 2006. When Amla, who is a Muslim with a full beard, took a catch, Jones was heard to say "the terrorist gets another wicket". Jones made the comment during a commercial break, but the comment went to air live in South Africa as its broadcast had not been interrupted. He apologised to all concerned.[8]

International centuries

Test centuries

Test centuries of Dean Jones
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Start date Result
[1] 210 3  India India Madras, India MA Chidambaram Stadium 18 September 1986 Tied
[2] 184* 10  England Australia Sydney, Australia Sydney Cricket Ground 10 January 1987 Won
[3] 102 15  Sri Lanka Australia Perth, Australia WACA Ground 12 February 1988 Won
[4] 216 21  West Indies Australia Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval 3 February 1989 Drawn
[5] 157 24  England England Birmingham, England Edgbaston Cricket Ground 6 July 1989 Drawn
[6] 122 27  England England London, England Kennington Oval 24 August 1989 Drawn
[7] 118* 30  Sri Lanka Australia Hobart, Australia Bellerive Oval 16 December 1989 Won
[8] 116 32  Pakistan Australia Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval 19 January 1990 Drawn
[9] 121*
[10] 150* 49  India Australia Perth, Australia WACA Ground 1 February 1992 Won
[11] 100* 51  Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka R Premadasa Stadium 28 August 1992 Drawn

ODI centuries

One Day International centuries of Dean Jones
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Date Result
[1] 104 33  England Australia Perth, Australia WACA Ground 1 January 1987 Lost
[2] 121 34  Pakistan Australia Perth, Australia WACA Ground 2 January 1987 Lost
[3] 101 36  England Australia Brisbane, Australia Brisbane Cricket Ground 18 January 1987 Won
[4] 107 94  New Zealand New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand AMI Stadium 4 March 1990 Won
[5] 102* 96  New Zealand New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park 11 March 1990 Won
[6] 117* 99  Sri Lanka United Arab Emirates Sharjah, UAE Sharjah Cricket Stadium 2 May 1990 Won
[7] 145 105  England Australia Brisbane, Australia Brisbane Cricket Ground 16 December 1990 Won

International awards

One Day International Cricket

Man of the Match awards

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 Pakistan WACA Ground, Perth 2 January 1987 121 (113 balls: 9x4, 2x6)  Pakistan won by 1 wicket.[9]
2 England Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane 18 January 1987 101 (101 balls: 6x4, 2x6)  Australia won by 11 runs.[10]
3 New Zealand Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 24 January 1988 1 Ct. ; 53* (70 balls: 2x4)  Australia won by 6 wickets.[11]
4 Sri Lanka Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne 4 January 1990 69 (98 balls: 2x4)  Australia won by 7 wickets.[12]
5 Sri Lanka Adelaide Oval, Adelaide 18 February 1990 80* (120 balls: 5x4)  Australia won by 7 wickets.[13]
6 Pakistan Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 25 February 1990 46 (52 balls: 1x4)  Australia won by 69 runs.[14]
7 New Zealand AMI Stadium, Christchurch 4 March 1990 107 (143 balls: 8x4) ; 1 Ct.  Australia won by 150 runs.[15]
8 New Zealand Eden Park, Auckland 10 March 1990 59 (42 balls: 8x4, 1x6)  Australia won by 11 runs.[16]
9 New Zealand Eden Park, Auckland 11 March 1990 2 Ct. ; 102* (91 balls: 7x4, 5x6)  Australia won by 8 wickets.[17]
10 England WACA Ground, Perth 9 December 1990 63* (74 balls: 8x4, 1x6)  Australia won by 6 wickets.[18]
11 England Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane 16 December 1990 145 (136 balls: 12x4, 4x6) ; 1-0-6-0  Australia won by 37 runs.[19]
12 West Indies Sabina Park, Kingston 26 February 1991 88* (105 balls: 6x4) ; DNB, 1 Ct.  Australia won by 35 runs.[20]
13 India Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane 1 March 1992 90 (108 balls: 6x4, 2x6) ; DNB  Australia won by 1 run.[21]
14 Pakistan Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne 12 January 1993 84 (127 balls: 3x4, 1x6)  Australia won by 32 runs.[22]
15 South Africa Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane 9 January 1994 98 (124 balls: 3x4, 1x6)  Australia won by 48 runs.[23]
16 New Zealand Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne 19 January 1994 82 (120 balls: 3x4)  Australia won by 51 runs.[24]

Notes

  1. ^ a b 'I'm trying to hit sixes in the commentary box'
  2. ^ Australia in Sri Lanka, Aug–Sep 1992 – Test Averages
  3. ^ "English Domestic Season 1996 - County Championship Batting Averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  4. ^ Culley, Jon (12 June 1997). "Jones quits Derbyshire". The Independent.
  5. ^ "Dean Jones appointed interim Afghanistan coach". ESPN Cricinfo. 9 October 2017. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  6. ^ Paul Radley (25 March 2018). "Luke Ronchi stars as Islamabad United beat Peshawar Zalmi to clinch PSL 2018". The National. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  7. ^ Jones, Dean (25 December 2015). "Dean Jones: How I lost a Test series against the Windies". Sydney Morning Herald.
  8. ^ Dean Jones sacked after 'terrorist' remark
  9. ^ "1986-1987 Benson & Hedges Challenge - 3rd Match - Australia v Pakistan - Perth". Howstat. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  10. ^ "1986-1987 Benson & Hedges World Series Cup - 2nd Match - Australia v England - Brisbane". Howstat. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  11. ^ "1987-1988 Benson & Hedges World Series Cup - 2nd Final - Australia v New Zealand - Sydney". Howstat. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  12. ^ "1989-1990 Benson & Hedges World Series - 5th Match - Australia v Sri Lanka - Melbourne". Howstat. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  13. ^ "1989-1990 Benson & Hedges World Series - 5th Match - Australia v Sri Lanka - Melbourne". Howstat. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  14. ^ "1989-1990 Benson & Hedges World Series - 2nd Final - Australia v Pakistan - Sydney". Howstat. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  15. ^ "1989-1990 Rothmans Cup Triangular Series - 3rd Match - New Zealand v Australia - Christchurch". Howstat. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  16. ^ "1989-1990 Rothmans Cup Triangular Series - 6th Match - New Zealand v Australia - Auckland". Howstat. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  17. ^ "1989-1990 Rothmans Cup Triangular Series - Final - New Zealand v Australia - Auckland". Howstat. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  18. ^ "1986-1987 Benson & Hedges Challenge - 3rd Match - Australia v Pakistan - Perth". Howstat. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  19. ^ "1990-1991 Benson & Hedges World Series - 9th Match - Australia v England - Brisbane". Howstat. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  20. ^ "1990-1991 West Indies v Australia - 1st Match - Kingston, Jamaica". Howstat. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  21. ^ "1991-1992 Benson & Hedges World Cup - 12th Match - Australia v India - Brisbane". Howstat. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  22. ^ "1989-1990 Benson & Hedges World Series - 5th Match - Australia v Sri Lanka - Melbourne". Howstat. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  23. ^ "1993-1994 Benson & Hedges World Series - 8th Match - Australia v South Africa - Brisbane". Howstat. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  24. ^ "1993-1994 Benson & Hedges World Series - 12th Match - Australia v New Zealand - Melbourne". Howstat. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2015.

References

External links

  • Dean Jones on Twitter
  • Dean Jones at ESPNcricinfo
  • Dean Jones at CricketArchive (subscription required)
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kim Barnett
Derbyshire cricket captains
1996–1997
Succeeded by
Dominic Cork
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