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12:00 AM, October 08, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, October 08, 2020

Empty MCG bids farewell to Jones

Former Australia batsman Dean Jones has been farewelled in a poignant final lap of an empty Melbourne Cricket Ground following his sudden death last month.

The casket of Jones, who collapsed and died aged 59, was draped in an Australia flag and carried in a white hearse adorned with flowers spelling "324", his Test cap number and his highest first-class score, achieved at the MCG.

"Rocket Man" by Elton John -- a friend of Jones -- echoed through the 100,000-capacity arena as the hearse, followed by only 10 mourners due to anti-coronavirus rules, proceeded around the field on Saturday.

"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," Jones's widow Jane said in a tribute statement.

"We will forever miss Dean's energy, his zest for life, passion for cricket and his love for us as a family," she added.

The colourful and popular character known universally as "Deano", was an inspiration for his aggressive batting but is also remembered as a fierce competitor whose knockabout demeanour concealed a keen cricketing mind.

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