Dean Jones’ Final Lap at the MCG

Meanwhile, former Australia captain Michael Clarke said Jones deserved a “full house standing”. “He deserved a full house standing and applauding. RIP great man,” Clarke tweeted on Wednesday.

Dean’s friend and writer Chris Driscoll also penned a poem in honour of the former Australian batsman:

“Hold him tenderly, O’Mother India
For he was our favourite son
Place gently the zinc white ash on his resting forehead
Anoint him in Linseed oil
Place old willow by his side

We wait for him, for his return.
No full breath drawn
Shallow gasps and disbelief
This force of nature, impervious to all assault
But not our grief

Stumps are called
The bails removed
Player 324, no more to prove
Zinc cream, his baggy green
The Ashes Tests
Champion of Champions
Now lay him to his rest

As we hold him tenderly in our hearts forever.”

Jones featured in 52 Tests, scoring 3,631 runs at an average of 46.55. In 164 ODIs, he made 6,068 runs, at 44.61, with seven hundreds and 46 fifties. One of his most memorable Test innings came in 1986, when in the heat and humidity of Chennai, he battled exhaustion and illness to make a heroic 210 in what would be only the second tied Test ever.

Dean Jones’ Final Lap at the MCG  

(Photo: Melbourne Cricket Club)

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