Australian right-hand batsman Dean Jones was born on March 24, 1961, at Coburg. The Dean Mervyn Jones made his first-class debut for Victoria in 1981-82 season. At that time, he is the only Victorian cricketer who scored more than 10,000 runs in Sheffield Shield competition.
Dean Jones achieved this feat against Western Australia at Melbourne in just concluded Australian seasons 1998. Jones made his debut in English county for Durham in 1992 season. He played for Derbyshire in 1996 and captained his county in the same season. He played in more than 200 first-class matches and scored more than 20000 runs with 55 centuries.
His unbeaten 324 for Victoria against South Australia at Melbourne in 1994-95 is the highest score in first-class cricket. For that time, only Don Bradman (28,067 runs in 338 innings), Allan Border (27,131 in 625), Greg Chappell (21,870 in 442), Neil Harvey (21,625 in 460), David Boon (20,583 in 496) and Mark Waugh scored more runs than Dean Jones in first-class cricket for Australia.
Dean Jones made his Test debut against West Indies at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, and Trinidad in 1983-84 series. He scored 48 in his maiden innings in Test cricket. In his only third Test match against India at Madras in 1986-87 which ended in a ‘tie’, Jones scored his first double century in Test cricket.
He batted 503 minutes, faced 330 balls, hit 27 fours and two sixes in his 210 run knock. Moreover, the six-match series against England in England in 1989 was his best while the three-match series against Pakistan in Pakistan in 1988-89 was his worst. Jones made 566 runs at 70.75 in six Test matches against England with two centuries and three fifties.
Jones scored only 44 runs in six innings against Pakistan. He got a pair, zero in both innings, in Lahore in the series. Dean Jones made his highest score in Test against West Indies at Adelaide in 1988-89 series. He batted 538 minutes, faced 346 balls and hit 16 fours in his 216 run knock. It was the first double century by an Australian batsman against West Indies in Adelaide.
Dean Jones played 52 Test matches; scoring 3631 runs at an average of 56.55 in 89 innings included 11 centuries and 14 fifties. The right-hand middle-order batsman who made his international debut against Pakistan at Adelaide on January 30, 1984, scored 6068 runs from 164 matches at an average of 44.61.
He scored seven centuries and 46 fifties with a top score of 145 against England at Brisbane in 1990-91. After retiring from international cricket in 1994, Jones continued to play for Victoria State in the Sheffield Shield competition in Australia. He also had a stint with English county Derbyshire where he was captain.
Dean Jones announced his retirement from first-class cricket in 1998. Jones retired from international cricket four years ago but had kept playing first-class cricket both in England and Australia. “I just thought I needed a break from cricket and it probably needed a break for me,” Jones said. For more detail, see Dean Jones Career on Wikipedia
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