The opening day of the Boxing Day Test between India and Australia on Saturday will witness a special tribute to former Australian batsman Dean Jones, who died in Mumbai in September. Ahead of a planned commemoration of Jones’ life during the tea break at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Jane Jones has confirmed that the cause of her husband’s death was not a heart attack but a catastrophic stroke, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.
The Victorian Coroner is now investigating, with the family keen to know if any headbutts he had sustained while hitting during his illustrious career, or a car accident he was involved in in Melbourne shortly before his death, were factors.
“It is currently under a coroner’s investigation, not that they think there is anything different from what they found, but just that he was a little bit young to have the stroke as it happened,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Jane . as said.
Dean was given a private goodbye round on the hallowed grass of the MCG, his favorite site, as part of his memorial service by his devastated family in October during Melbourne lockdown. But now the time comes when his hometown fans who have enjoyed his thrilling innings over the years can pay their respects.
Earlier this year, the former Australian cricketer who became a commentator died in Mumbai. He represented Australia in 52 tests and 164 one-day internationals. Dean was also a supporter of Victorian cricket in the 1980s and 1990s, retiring as the state’s leading first-class run-scorer. He became a highly regarded coach and commentator.
Earlier in the day, India named their playing XI for the second Test. The visitors made four changes as Shubman Gill comes in for Prithvi Shaw, Ravindra Jadeja for Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant for Wriddhiman Saha and Mohammed Siraj for Mohammad Shami.
Gill and Siraj will debut in the game’s longest format. Virat Kohli will miss the remaining series because he was given paternity leave from the BCCI to be with his wife Anushka Sharma for the birth of their first child. In Kohli’s absence, Ajinkya Rahane will lead the Indian side.
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