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Dean Jones given final lap of Melbourne Cricket Ground to Elton John’s tunes

An Australian flag and a floral arrangement in the shape of the number 324 -- Jones' Australian Test cap number -- adorned his coffin as the hearse went around the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: October 8, 2020 12:12:18 pm
Dean Jones, 59, suffered a cardiac arrest and passed away on September 24. (Source: File/@MCG)

Dean Jones, the former Australian batsman who passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest on September 24, was given a quiet farewell by family members at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

Over the past weekend, a service dedicated to the 59-year-old’s memory was held on the MCG turf. Due to Victoria’s current COVID-19 restrictions, it was limited to ten of Jones’ family members that included wife Jane, and daughters Phoebe and Augusta.

An Australian flag and a floral arrangement in the shape of the number 324 — Jones’ Australian Test cap number — adorned his coffin as the hearse went around the MCG.

“We have been deeply moved by the outpouring of love for Dean over the last week and can’t thank everyone enough for their support and for sharing their memories with us,” said Jane, the former cricketer’s wife.

“It has been an awful time to navigate as a family, but I could not have thought of a more fitting place to say goodbye to my husband than under the lights of his beloved MCG. What better way to honour him than with the music of his friends Elton John and INXS echoing throughout the empty stadium,” she said.

“We will forever miss Dean’s energy, his zest for life, passion for cricket and his love for us as a family,” she said.

Jones played 52 Tests and 164 ODIs for Australia before becoming a popular commentator and a coach. He was in a Mumbai hotel to provide commentary for the ongoing Indian Premier League in the UAE when he passed away.

An icon of white-ball cricket in the 1980s, Jones was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame housed in the Australian Sports Museum at the MCG in 2019.

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