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Through cricket seasons I’ve loved the commentary of Jim Maxwell, David Lloyd, Michael Holding and particularly Richie Benaud.
To that I add the newspaper columns of Dean Jones. They had been my favorite a part of the Sunday papers. Jones wrote so passionately it was as if he was shouting into your ear in a crowded bar. He critiqued batting, bowling, subject placements, teaching, on-field ways and particular person participant functionality. Jones as a cricket author was fearless. He expressed views straight from the center. He acquired it proper almost each time.
His taking part in achievements and media place lead me to advocate for a Dean Jones Cup. Jones handed away from a coronary heart assault and this received’t be the final time somebody feedback on how he was taken at such a younger age. But his loss presents us with the opportunity of linking, say, a Sheffield Shield match to the Heart Foundation. This gives a chance to generate publicity that reminds individuals of the significance of coronary heart well being and check-ups.
The annual Shield match between Victoria and New South Wales held on the MCG is the best event. If any groups in our home competitors have rivalry, it’s these two. The contest would be performed on a floor Jones knew effectively. After all, he performed 35 ODI matches and 6 Tests there. The MCG was additionally the place Jones made his highest first-class rating: 324 in opposition to South Australia. The MCG already options a bar named after him.
Possibly a Shield match with this additional that means could increase the meagre crowd attendances at these video games. The pink ribbon Test has definitely struck a constructive chord. What I’m suggesting is just not not like the Peter Mac Cup performed within the AFL. It even works in a related approach to the Anzac Day match between Essendon and Collingwood.
That match attracts consideration to the bravery of our troops, reminding individuals of their battle and sacrifice. The match I’m advocating can convey consideration to coronary heart illness, creating consciousness and emphasising the significance of physician check-ups, train and wholesome consuming.
I’m positive it may very well be argued there are different Victorian gamers worthy of recognition by putting their identify on a cup. The distinction is that Jones misplaced his life to a situation that we all know is likely one of the main causes of demise in Australia.
Another method would be to identify the match the Heart Foundation Cup. Then a participant of the match is chosen, receiving an award in Dean Jones’ identify. I’m positive gamers from each groups would be proud and delighted to be a part of such an event.
Dean Jones has left a great legacy as a participant and member of the media. This is a probability to add to that.