Australia cricket great Dean Jones was laid to rest following a touching service at his cricketing home, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The Aussie icon was in India to commentate the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) but died aged 59 when he was unable to be revived after suffering a cardiac arrest and collapsing in his Mumbai hotel.
In a service limited to just 10 of Jones’ closest friends and family, including wife Jane and daughters Phoebe and Augusta, Jones was farewelled with a final lap of honour around the venue he made his own when batting for Australia and Victoria.
Hits from INXS and Elton John — who were both friends of the popular Aussie cricketer — were played during the emotion lap of honour, including John’s iconic pop hit Rocketman.
The MCG was a fitting venue for the funeral of Jones, who represented club, state and country at the ground during an illustrious career.
A larger service to honour Jones — who died of a heart attack in Mumbai last month, aged 59 — is being planned for once gathering restrictions are eased.
Jones’ wife, Jane, said in a statement that her family had been “deeply moved” by the outpouring of love for her husband.
She added: “It has been an awful time to navigate as a family, but I could not have thought of a more fitting place to say goodbye to my husband than under the lights of his beloved MCG.
“What better way to honour him than with the music of his friends Elton John and INXS echoing throughout the empty stadium.
“We will forever miss Dean’s energy, his zest for life, passion for cricket and his love for us as a family.”