Legendary Australian cricketer Dean Jones was given a private farewell by his family which included a lap of the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Dean Jones passed away on September 24 aged 59 after suffering a cardiac arrest at a hotel in India.
At the private funeral, a hearse carrying Jones’s handmade Indian coffin and decorated with a floral arrangement of ‘324’, his Australian test cap number, drove a lap around the empty MCG as Elton John’s “Rocket Man” played over loudspeakers.
A private memorial service held last Saturday and was limited to 10 people which included Jones’ family. The footage, however, gone viral on Wednesday (today).
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Jones’s wife Jane in comments said, “We have been deeply moved by the outpouring of love for Dean over the last week and can’t thank everyone enough for their support and for sharing their memories with us.”
“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.
“We’d like to extend a huge ‘thank you’ to the Melbourne Cricket Club and the MCG for their willingness to create our personal tribute to Dean, and for Cricket Australia’s support.”
Moreover, Dean Jones was born in Melbourne. He played 52 Test matches scoring 3631 runs at an average of 46.55.
With a 216 as his best score, Jones scored 11 centuries and was an important member of Allan Border’s team.
Jones also played 164 ODIs and scored 6068 runs with the help of seven centuries and 46 fifties.
Jones was one of the first Australian batsmen cut out for the limited-overs game and he was quite successful at it.