Jones, 59, died of a heart attack in Mumbai last month, his passing sending the cricketing world into shock. His body was flown home and Jane and daughters Isabella and Phoebe and Jones’ siblings were among a small group involved in a private family funeral that included a lap of honour at the MCG.
In a statement after the funeral, Jane Jones spoke of her heartbreak at the passing of her husband of 34 years.
“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,” she said.
“We will forever miss Dean’s energy, his zest for life, passion for cricket and his love for us as a family.”
The Melbourne Cricket Club, where Jones played his grade cricket, will have a minute’s silence this weekend before all matches and more plans are being formulated when upgrade works are finished at the club’s home venue, the Albert Ground, next year.
Jones represented Australia in 52 Tests, averaging 46.55 with 11 centuries, his most famous his 210 in the tied Test of 1986, and 164 one-day internationals, revolutionising the 50-overs format with his running between the wickets, aggressive shot-making and excellent fielding. He was the first cricketer to don sunglasses on the field.
Emerging at a time when Australian cricket was arguably at its lowest ebb, he became a key part of the team that won the World Cup on the sub-continent in 1987 and the Ashes in 1989. He was just as engaging off the field, where his straight-shooting style endeared him to many, though there were times when it strained relationships.
Desperately disappointed not have coached an international side or the Victorian state team, he became a fine Twenty20 coach on the sub-continent and was a columnist for the The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.