Lee tried to save Jones’ life

The Timaru Herald - - Sport -

For­mer Aus­tralian fast bowler Brett Lee has de­scribed Dean Jones as ‘‘an ab­so­lute leg­end’’ and some­how man­aged to re­turn to his role as IPL com­men­ta­tor only hours af­ter try­ing to save the cricket great’s life in their Mum­bai ho­tel.

Aus­tralian cricket fans are in shock af­ter Jones, who was on the sub­con­ti­nent do­ing work for In­dia’s Star tele­vi­sion on the IPL, died sud­denly of a sus­pected heart at­tack on Thurs­day at the age of 59.

Lee was also part of the team com­men­tat­ing and per­formed CPR in a des­per­ate bid to re­vive Jones in­side the Tri­dent Ho­tel in Mum­bai.

Jones was taken to a nearby hospi­tal but could not be saved.

Hours af­ter the trau­matic event, Lee coura­geously un­der­took his du­ties on Star’s pre-game cov­er­age of the IPL.

‘‘I think the thing we want to say about Deano is he would have wanted us to be here tonight,’’ Lee said.

‘‘He is an ab­so­lute leg­end. Firstly to his fam­ily and friends we send

our con­do­lences. It’s a real tough day for ev­ery­one, not only for his close mates . . . and the whole crick­et­ing world in gen­eral.

‘‘What Deano would’ve wanted is for us to come out here, get it done, have some fun for the game we all love.’’

For­mer Black Cap Scott Styris, a close friend of Jones, was also on the panel and said Jones had ex­er­cised ear­lier in the day in­side the ho­tel bub­ble, which has been booked out by the In­dian broad­caster for the du­ra­tion of the tour­na­ment.

‘‘Who would have thought . . . this morn­ing we got up, I had break­fast with Deano. I watched him jog up and down the hall­way,’’ Styris said be­fore the match be­tween Royal Chal­lengers Ban­ga­lore and Kings XI Pun­jab.

‘‘That was his way of keep­ing fit be­cause of course we are in the bub­ble here in Mum­bai. Who would have thought merely a cou­ple of hours later he had this heart at­tack or some sort of car­diac prob­lem. It’s in­cred­i­bly sad.

‘‘He thought this to be the Deano show re­ally. He’s on to me ev­ery day with new ideas on how we can make it bet­ter. So I think it’s the right thing to do to be here, it’s gonna be hard but we hope to make him feel proud tonight.’’

Fel­low for­mer Aus­tralia play­ers Michael Slater and Lisa Sthalekar, who are also com­men­tat­ing on the IPL, also ex­pressed shock at news of Jones’ death.

– Nine World of Sports

For­mer Aus­tralian fast bowler Brett Lee un­suc­cess­fully at­tempted to re­vive Dean Jones af­ter he col­lapsed at their Mum­bai ho­tel in In­dia.

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