Former Australia batsman Dean Jones has been farewelled on the holy turf of his much-loved Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in a private ceremony.
Jones, 59, passed away due to a cardiac arrest in Mumbai on September 24, leaving the cricket fraternity in absolute shock.
According to a report published in ESPNcricinfo, Jones on Saturday (October 3) did a final lap of the iconic MCG with the music of his friends Elton John and INXS playing out in the empty stadium.
Jones’ wife Jane, two daughters Isabella and Phoebe and his siblings were among a group of 10 to attend the small ceremony at a funeral because of the ongoing Coronavirus lockdown in Victoria.
Sharing her emotions, Jane Jones said the family had been moved by the way her husband's life and cricket is being celebrated and remembered by so many.
"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," ESPNcricinfo quoted Jane as saying. "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.
"What better way to honour him than with the music of his friends Elton John and INXS echoing throughout the empty stadium. 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.
"We would also like to extend a big thank you to the Department of Foreign Affairs for ensuring Dean was returned home to us as quickly as possible. We will forever miss Dean's energy, his zest for life, passion for cricket and his love for us as a family."