Dean Jones was all set to become Australia’s T20 mentor says Langer
Australia head coach Justin Langer has revealed that, Dean Jones was all set to become a mentor for the Australian T20 team. But his tragic death has shocked the Australian cricket arena as well as universal cricket. Langer said Aussie great had so much passion and enthusiasm for cricket he believed it could help his team.
Dean Jones died y yesterday due to a massive heart attack in Mumbai. Before it he was greatly discussed as the team mentor for Australian shortest format. Besides this, Aussie greats Ricky Ponting, Steve Waugh and Mike Hussey were also on the line as team mentors since taking over as coach.
“It was one of the great afternoons in my life, and after speaking to Jonesy for five or 10 minutes. That’s where I thought about how good he would be in one of those mentor roles,” Langer said on Friday morning.
“He’s helped me as the Australian coach over the last couple of years. We’ve had Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey, and it was only recently that I was talking about getting Deano in to help us with our T20 World Cup stuff as one of those mentor coaches. Sadly, that’s not going to happen.
“I can imagine the broken hearts today of not just his family but his teammates. You forge great friendships and that’s why the cricket world will be so sad generally, but his mates too.”
Langer said he was always on the lookout for the next Dean Jones, who was one of the game’s few revolutionaries with the way he approached one-day cricket.
“I was only talking to Jonesy last week. The more I think about it, it sums him up, he was so passionate about Australian cricket and the game of cricket full stop,” he said.
“We were talking about how we could do things better. There are not many players who revolutionised the game. You think about Warney, Adam Gilchrist, and Dean Jones – his athleticism, the way he took on the game.
“We keep talking about it in the Australian cricket team, who is going to be our next Dean Jones, who is going to be our next Michael Bevan, our next Michael Hussey … Dean Jones is one of those people, he could have brought so much to us.”