Former Aussie captain Mark Taylor has expressed his shock after hearing of Dean Jones’ death and has revealed an insight into some of the cricket great’s health concerns.
Jones suffered a serious heart attack in his Mumbai hotel on Thursday, less than 24 hours after commentating on the Indian Premier League.
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It was revealed on Saturday, former Australian fast Brett Lee revived Jones twice before he was taken to hospital and died.
Lee said he “gave my everything in trying to resuscitate Dean” as he performed CPR on Jones.
Now, former Aussie captain Taylor has revealed what he knew about Jones’ heart condition after catching up with the legendary cricketer a few years back.
“When you first get a message like that (from Slater), you don’t quite believe it. You think somehow the lines of communication have been blurred between Dubai and Mumbai — then everything started flooding in and I thought, ‘This is real’,” Taylor said on Channel 9’s Sports Sunday.
“I couldn’t believe it although, having said that, I had a couple of beers with Deano about three years ago at a golf day … sitting there was myself, Peter Taylor and I think Ian Healy.
“And he talked about some heart issues then. That’s three or four years ago now, so it’s obviously something in his family because I believe his father died of a heart attack, or certainly heart-related issues, so there may well have been something there.”
Taylor revealed Jones was still keeping fit and going to the gym and despite knowing about his heart issues, the news came as a huge ‘shock’ to Taylor.
Langer’s heartfelt message to Jones and Lee
Tributes have flooded in since the the death of Jones.
Aussie coach Justin Langer has led a chorus of tributes for the "revolutionary" Aussie cricket great, who died in India aged 59.
The Aussie coach also said he had spoken to one of his "little brothers" Lee, who was doing it tough.
"I can't imagine what Binga's gone through so our heart goes out, not only to him, but obviously to Deano's family," he said.
Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, David Warner and Steve Smith were among the cricket greats to post tributes.
Inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in 2019, Jones was a favourite of so many of the sport's fans in the 1980s and early '90s.
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