EbeneNews – AU – Sad Truth Behind Dean Jones Smile

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    Dean Jones was a pioneer in the sport, but his sincere honesty resulted in a broken relationship and a bitter falling out with Merv Hughes

    The global cricket community has been shaken by the sudden death of an Australian cricketer icon who lost his life in Mumbai

    Dean Jones was a pioneer in the sport, but his sincere honesty resulted in broken relations and a bitter argument with Cricket VictoriaSource: Getty Images

    The sudden death of Dean Jones last week was followed by an overwhelming response from the global sports community

    Cricket greats and close friends paid tribute to a pioneer in the sport, whose testing career was arguably interrupted at his peak

    Jones was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in 2019 and is remembered as one of the country’s most influential people in the one-day format

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    But he was also a confrontational character, on and off the pitch, who at times rubbed off badly on others. His infamous request for Curtly Ambrose during an ODI match in 1993 potentially summed it up better than any other anecdote.

    Jones has never shied away from voicing his opinion, and this honesty unfortunately resulted in the severing of relations with former teammates and the cricket administration

    Earlier this year Jones fell out with Cricket Victoria, asking for his life membership to be canceled in April

    Following his retirement in 1998, Jones’ legacy was honored when CV renamed the state’s Player of the Year to the Dean Jones Medal However, his name was removed from the honor last summer at the request of the former captain.

    Speaking to Sportsday, Jones revealed that he asked for the honors to be withdrawn because he felt ‘hurt’ by Cricket Victoria’s management and questionable strategic plan

    « Where this comes from is the lack of culture, vision and strategy on the part of the CV administration just hurt me, » Jones said in April

    « I played 20 years for my condition and I was proud to have done so. Their five step plan from 2017 to 2022 is just plain wrong about where they are going

    « They wanted to be the No. 1 sport in Victoria Well that doesn’t happen after the AFL

    « They wanted to be permanent Australian players. Well, we don’t have a decent player in the Australian squad other than Aaron Finch who is the captain

    « The way the administration has handled things is poor They budgeted $ 2 million last year and the Victorian squad didn’t have a preseason tournament

    « The top 18 clubs are supposed to produce all these permanent Australian players It’s so weak It’s just horrible the way it’s been played

    « All former players Merv Hughes, Shane Warne, Darren Berry, Damien Fleming, Simon O’Donnell left Cricket Victoria with some sort of chopping ax

    « No former player has been involved in any coaching position No meeting of former winning shields or former players – male or female – has been involved in any meetings

    « Our website doesn’t even mention a team that won shields By the way, we won 32 »

    After stints as a T20 coach in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Jones was eager to become the head coach of a Melbourne-based Big Bash franchise, but CV opted for younger and older coaches instead. inexperienced when he applied in 2019

    The 59-year-old admitted to being insulted by the decision, which proved to be a « catalyst » for his choice to cancel his lifetime membership

    « I was the catalyst for two jobs for the Stars and the Renegades, » Jones said

    « David Hussey resigns from Cricket Victoria board and gets the job… He had no experience and nothing behind him

    « Michael Klinger went for the job ahead of Trevor Bayliss, Brad Hodge and others He had no experience and got the job

    « They gave the boys jobs and I think that’s an insult not only to me but also to foreign coaches

    « Trevor Bayliss is the best coach in the world and they didn’t want him. I feel we are going in the wrong direction for now

    « I told Shaun Graf and Andrew Ingleton, CEO of Cricket Victoria, that I wanted my name and lifetime membership canceled

    « They asked me why, and I said someday you might want to call me, because I haven’t spoken to Andrew Ingleton for 18 months, and I haven’t spoken to Shaun Graf

    « They called me in January and told me we needed to talk I said, ‘Talk to me when I get back from Pakistan » I’ve been home for three weeks They haven’t spoken to me « 

    National coach Justin Langer revealed on Friday he plans a coaching role for Jones in Australia’s T20 squad ahead of next year’s World Cup

    As reported by Australia’s Peter Lalor, Jones also had a falling out with former teammates, most notably his Victorian teammate Merv Hughes

    The captivating paceman was central to Jones’ career, 216 against the West Indies at Adelaide Oval in 1989, his highest score in the cricket test

    The pair combined for a ninth partnership of 114 against a bowling attack starring Malcolm Marshall, Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh, with tailor Hughes surviving 118 deliveries in the crease

    They were « closer than brothers » according to Jones, until a bitter confrontation in the twilight of their professional careers ended the friendship, which never recovered

    Speaking to veteran reporter Robert Craddock on Fox Sports’ Cricket Legends, Jones frankly admitted it was the biggest regret of his life

    « He got to a point where he got injured – the previous game he had had a hammer or something – and I said, ‘Dude, the selectors told us you gotta do a Tryout match Just five overs in this tryout match, « Jones said

    « When I got upstairs at the end of game day in XI’s second game, all the selectors said, ‘No he’s done, we can’t pick him »

    « So we called him into the room. We sat down and I said, ‘Merv, how are you feeling?’

    « He said, ‘I told you Deano, I was right I’ll be okay with Tasmania next week’ And then the selectors looked at me and said, ‘It’s your turn Deano You do whatever you think is right ”

    Jones loved the game and was a passionate captain of state But admitted fierce determination cost him a lifelong friendship

    « Looking back, if I had another chance I would play him The game is not just about winning all the time, » Jones said

    « We went to war together If he hadn’t hung out with me in Adelaide, I would never have had a 200 He’s been hit 45 times

    “He was also at the end of his career; he was fighting those demons, and you’re a different person when you say, ‘What am I to do next? We didn’t know what we were going to do next in life so we didn’t have much organized It was a tough time

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    EbeneNews – AU – Sad truth behind Dean Jones’ smile


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