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Heartbreaking tribute for cricket legend

Dean Jones has been given one last send off at the MCG in emotional scenes after the legend’s death at 59 in September.It’s the first Test match at the MCG since the 59-year-old died of what has been revealed as a massive stroke in India where he was commentating the IPL, collapsing in a Mumbai…

Dean Jones has been given one last send off at the MCG in emotional scenes after the legend’s death at 59 in September.

It’s the first Test match at the MCG since the 59-year-old died of what has been revealed as a massive stroke in India where he was commentating the IPL, collapsing in a Mumbai hotel.

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The players entered the field of play for the national anthem with the Aussies paying tribute to the fallen legend with his trademark white zinc cream on his lips.

One of the classiest batsmen in the history of Australian cricket, Jones’ love of the MCG is well documented and tributes have been paid throughout the summer so far.

But the latest came through the tea session during the second Test match at the Boxing Day match when his wife Jane and daughters Pheobe and Isabella, also known as Augusta, walked to the middle of the MCG with Allan Border to deliver one of Jones’ favourite bats, his baggy green and his sunglasses to the middle for the last time.

His daughters kissed the baggy green as it rested on top of the bat before they walked from the field.

They were emotional scenes and the cricket watching public were quick to pay tribute to the legend.

The day has been largely about Jones and the large hole his death has left with Brett Lee talking about the death of the legend.

Lee was on the scene when Jones died, having performed CPR after learning the Victorian had collapsed in his room.

The pair were commentating together for Star India.

At lunch, Lee shared his recollections of the tragic day.

“On that particular day, everything was normal,” Lee said. “He was walking up and down the corridor, I finished breakfast 11.30 and I heard him coming up behind me. I moved out the way and he said ‘thank you, champion.’

“As he ran past me, I’m thinking ‘he’s 59 years of age, he’s fixed his knee and is working real hard on his fitness’.

“I went back to my room and got a call about 10 minutes later from the hotel staff that said ‘Mr Jones has fainted in his room’. I knew right then there was a problem.

“I sprinted to his room about 50 metres away and saw him unconscious and that’s when I started the CPR on him for close to an hour. Unfortunately we lost him when he went to hospital and it was one of the most horrific moments I’ve ever been through.”

Lee added that it was the first time he had performed CPR and hoped it would be the last time he would have to.

Lee and former New Zealand great Scott Styris who was also staying in the hospital were given the option to have the week off or even return home to be with family.

But the pair returned to work that night.

“Scotty and I took a moment after it happened and said, ‘what would Dean Jones want us to do?’” Lee said. “It was funny how we both came to the conclusion straight away.

“The words almost echoed in our ears; ‘get back to work you sooks’. And that was Dean Jones, that was him as a person.”

RIP Deano.

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