Dean Jones has been appointed as the interim head coach for Afghanistan’s Intercontinental Cup match in Hong Kong. Jones was appointed after Afghanistan Cricket Board did not renew Lalchand Rajput’s contract after the Indian refused to travel to Kabul to train young cricketers there.
Jones had been a successful cricketer for Australia and had a good stint as commentator before he was lapped as interim head coach for Afghanistan.
Jones was known for his fighting spirit and competitiveness during his playing days and would look to bring the same level of intensity in the Afghanistan’s camp.
Cricwizz takes a look at 10 things to know about the Afghanistan’s new interim coach, Dean Jones.
Dean Jones played a knock of 48 at No 7 in his debut Test innings against West Indies in 1984. He regard this knock as the best-ever innings of his career. He had fallen ill before the Test, but continued to play the match.
Jones slammed 210 against India in the 1986 tied Chennai Test. Due to the harsh Chennai weather, Jones was continually vomiting on the field. But he fought on and scored 210. Bob Simpson regarded this knock as the greatest innings for Australia. Post this knock, he landed up in a hospital on a saline drip.
Jones played for three domestic teams. He played for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield and Durham and Derbyshire in English county circuit.
Jones can be credited for rewriting how cricket is played in One-Day Cricket. He used to walk down the pitch when facing fast bowlers and run hard between the wickets. His outfielding changed the dynamics of fielding in ODIs.
Jones is also into charity. He is a noted fundraiser for people suffering with cancer.
Jones dragged himself into controversy when he referred South African cricketer Hashim Amla as a terrorist while commentating for a match. Jones later apologised to all parties concerned.
Jones has scored 19,188 runs @ 51.85 in 245 First-Class Matches with 55 tons and 88 fifties with a best score of 324*. In 164 ODIs, he has scored 6068 runs @ 44.61 with 7 tons and 46 fifties.
Jones had taken one wicket with his off-break bowling. His lone victim in Tests is Sir Richard Hadlee. In ODIs, he has taken 3 wickets.
Jones was the head coach when Islamabad United won their first-ever Pakistan Super League title in 2016.
Mark Waugh took a dig at Jones when the latter announced his new job as head coach of Afghanistan. Here’s the tweet.
— Mark Waugh (@juniorwaugh349) October 9, 2017