Whichever way you look at it, Dean Jones is a cricketing legend. His finest moment was the 48 runs scored on a wet wicket in his first Test innings; others claim his legendary 210 against India in 1986 in the tied Madras Test as the greatest innings ever played by an Australian. After Dean's retirement from First Class cricket at the end of the 1997/98 season Dean turned his experience to radio and television commentary.
Dean Jones' cricket career was been nothing if not spectacular. A first Class debut in 1981/82 was followed by his first Test Match in 1984 on tour against the might of a West Indies Team containing Viv Richards, Joel Garner and Malcolm Marshall.
Dean regards his 48 runs on a wet wicket in his first Test innings as perhaps the best he has played. Many others claim his legendary 210 against India in 1986 in the tied Madras Test as the greatest innings ever played by an Australian. Perhaps Dean's memory of that match was dulled by his hospitalisation for dehydration immediately after his dismissal.
During his career of 52 Tests, he scored 3631 runs at an average of 46.55 and took one wicket. In 104 Sheffield Shield matches, he averaged 53.90, and has a highest score of 324 not out. He played 164 One Day Internationals, scoring 6068 runs, 46 50¹s, 7 centuries at an average of 44.61.
Dean was a brilliant fieldsman and runner between wickets. It is often overlooked that Dean missed a season early in his career due to a knee reconstruction after a pre-season collision with Merv Hughes.
Dean was selected in the World One-Day Team of the Century, which was selected by the World Cricketing Body The International Cricket Council.
Dean retired from First Class cricket at the end of the 1997/98 season and remains heavily involved in cricket as a commentator for both radio and television.
“Excellent. Dean was very well received by all on the day. His Q & A had many involved on some very topical issues."
“Excellent. Very sincere and entertaining, great stories, also very approachable. Would definitely recommend him to anyone."
“Excellent. He could not have been more friendly and accommodating. We were all delighted."
‘Dean was very forthcoming with his time and energy – above expectations..
Very entertaining and a good “all-rounder" to have talking to a bunch of rugby-loving kiwi blokes!
He went out of his way to tailor his chat for the group and even hunted out his “NZ" jersey.’