AUS vs IND: MCG To Pay Special Tribute To Dean Jones On Day 1 Of Boxing Day Test

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The opening day of the Boxing Day Test between India and Australia on Saturday will witness a special tribute to former Australia batsman Dean Jones, who died in September in Mumbai. Ahead of a deliberate commemoration of Jones’ life all the way through the tea break at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Jane Jones has confirmed the reason for her husband’s death was once not a heart attack, but a catastrophic stroke, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

The Victorian Coroner is now investigating, with the circle of relatives eager to find out if any head knocks he took while batting all the way through his illustrious career, or a car crash he was once involved in Melbourne shortly before his death, had been factors.

“It is in reality under a coroner’s inquiry these days, not that they think there is anything other than what they have got found, but just that he was once a bit young to have the stroke the way it happened,” The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Jane as saying.

Dean was once provided a private farewell lap on the MCG’s hallowed turf, his favourite ground, as a part of his memorial by his devastated circle of relatives in October all the way through Melbourne’s lockdown. But now comes a time when his hometown fans who enjoyed his thrilling innings through the years can pay their respects.

Earlier this year, the former Australia cricketer turned commentator died in Mumbai. He represented Australia in 52 Tests and 164 One-Day Internationals. Dean was once also a stalwart of Victorian cricket all the way through the 1980s and 1990s and retired as the state’s leading first-class run-scorer. He went on to develop into a highly-regarded coach and commentator.

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Earlier in the day, India named their playing XI for the second one Test. The visitors made four changes as Shubman Gill comes in for Prithvi Shaw, Ravindra Jadeja for Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant for Wriddhiman Saha and Mohammed Siraj for Mohammad Shami.

Gill and Siraj are set to make their debut in the longest format of the game. Virat Kohli will overlook the remaining series as he was once granted paternity leave by the BCCI to be with wife Anushka Sharma for the birth of their first child. In Kohli’s absence, Ajinkya Rahane will lead the Indian side. 

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