Sporting world pays tribute to Dean Jones

Tributes have flooded in for Dean Jones after the death of the cricket great at the age of 59.
Tributes have flooded in for Dean Jones after the death of the cricket great at the age of 59.

WHAT THE WORLD IS SAYING ABOUT AUSTRALIAN CRICKET GREAT DEAN JONES

* "Awful to hear the news of Dean Jones passing away in Mumbai. He was a wonderful player for Australia and he will be missed." - Australia batting superstar Steve Smith

* "I can't believe this news. So very sad to hear about this. RIP Deano, you will be missed." - Australia opening batsman David Warner

* "What a great player and a great bloke. We are shocked and very sad to hear of his passing. His role in the team's World Cup win in 1987 and the 1989 Ashes were a huge turning point for Australian cricket." - Australia coach Justin Langer

* "Incredibly shocked by the news that Dean Jones has passed away. Had a poster of the great man in my room as a kid." Australia allrounder Glenn Maxwell

* "Shocked to hear about the tragic loss of Dean Jones. Praying for strength and courage to his family and friends." - India captain Virat Kohli

* "Absolutely heartbreaking news about Dean Jones passing away. A wonderful soul taken away too soon. Had the opportunity to play against him during my first tour of Australia." - India legend Sachin Tendulkar

* "Horrible news to wake up to...You were more than a player I had played against, you were my friend, my brother. Will deeply miss your smile & your presence where ever cricket is played around the world." - West Indies legend Sir Viv Richards

* "Sad to learn of the passing of Dean Jones. Thoughts and prayers to family and friends." - South Africa champion allrounder Jacques Kallis

* "PCB is devastated with the news of Dean Jones' passing. On behalf of Pakistan cricket, the PCB offers its heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and the entire cricket community." - Pakistan Cricket Board

* "An absolute cricketing legend. A true entertainer at the crease, whose flair with the bat and electric running between the wickets changed the game forever. A genuine good guy and a huge loss." - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison

* Dean Jones was the epitome of grit, determination and sheer fight. A legend of sport. A legend of this state. And we love him 'cause he's Victorian." - Victorian premier Daniel Andrews

* "We're deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former test cricketer and lifelong Carlton supporter, Dean Jones." - Carlton AFL club

* "Rest in peace my friend" - Australian soccer great Tim Cahill

Australian Associated Press