Dean Jones, a great reader of cricket, passes away in Mumbai hotel

Former Australia cricketer and noted commentator Dean Jones has passed away. Mirror understands he died of a massive cardiac arrest in a South Mumbai Hotel where he was staying for the past 15 days. He was here as an expert for Star Sports. He died on Thursday afternoon.

The 59-year-old Victorian, who played 52 Tests and 164 ODIs in the 80s and 90s of last century, complained of chest pain and died just outside his hotel room in Trident. He was immediately taken to a nearby hospital in the ambulance that was posted near the hotel. Mirror understands he was declared brought dead by the hospital although he was believed to be breathing while being taken in the ambulance.

Jones was a gutsy and fighting cricketer of his time, his double century in Chennai heat in the tied Test being most memorable for the Indian fans but Jones earned a reputation for himself as a good reader of the game. That is why he was known as Professor Dean, which actually is his official Twitter handle too @ProfDeano.

Star Sports, for which he was working, immediately contacted the Australian High Commission here as well as his family in Australia. The body will be flown to Melbourne soon after the formalities here.

In 52 Tests, he had scored 3631 runs with 11 centuries and 14 half centuries. In the 164 ODIs, 6068 runs which included seven centuries and 46 fifties.