The Australian and Indian players will wear black armbands and there will be a minute’s silence to pay tribute to cricket legend Dean Jones before the international summer starts at the SCG on Friday.
A video tribute to Jones, who tragically and suddenly passed away in September, aged just 59, will also be played as the cricket world pauses to remember one of Australia’s greatest players.
It comes amid planning for a secondary tribute to Jones at his beloved MCG during the Boxing Day Test , with a crowd of up to 40,000 expected to be in attendance.
A whole bay of seats will be covered in a banner for the entire Test, which will recognise the Victorian great’s contribution to the game.
With his family to be present in Melbourne, the Boxing Day ceremony will include the reading of a poem about Jones written by his great friend, Chris Driscoll.
The poem includes the lines; “Hold Him tenderly, O’Mother India, For he was Our favourite son, Place gently the zinc white ash on his resting forehead, Anoint him in Linseed oil, Place old willow by his side, We wait for him, for his return.”
During the tea break on the opening day, there will be a video tribute at 3:24, recognising Jones’ Test number, 324.
That number was also his highest first-class score, scored against South Australia on the MCG in 1994-95.
A private family funeral for Jones last month, which only 10 people could attend because of COVID-19 restrictions, included a lap of honour at the MCG where he played six of his 52 Tests.
Dean Jones was farewelled at the MCG in OctoberSource:Supplied
His wife, Jane, had hoped for a more public tribute, which will now happen at the Boxing Day Test.
A working party with members from the MCC, Cricket Victoria and Cricket Australia are working through other elements to include in the MCG tribute.
Jones, inducted into the Australian cricket Hall of Fame last year, played in 52 Tests and 164 one-day internationals, revolutionising the 50-over format with his shot-making and superb fielding.
His epic 210 in the tied Test in Madras in 1986 is also part of Australian cricket folklore.
After his death tributes flowed from around the world for Jones who was a player, coach and commentator beloved beyond Australia.
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