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An emotional day for Australian cricket saw a number of touching tributes to former Aussie cricketers Dean Jones and Phil Hughes.

One of the greatest testimonials came from Pakistan legend Wasim Akram, who spoke to Fox Cricket from Karachi, where his good friend Jones had spent a significant portion of his time before his passing in September.

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Akram said it was: “Absolutely shocking news for me and the whole country in Pakistan. He was very much loved here … we were all in shock.

“Recently, Karachi Kings – he was our coach – we won the PSL last week (Pakistan Super League). Every player spoke about Dean Jones just before the game, that they want to do it for Deano, they want to do it for the coach.”

Akram praised Jones for breaking down borders in his travel to Pakistan, saying: “He was the first one who came to Pakistan. He was brave, he was passionate. He was a true Australian in the sense he taught us Pakistanis about what Australian culture was all about: hard work, passion, straightforwardness.”

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And there was plenty of praise for his cricket mind. Akram said: “He was ahead of his time, in coaching … The techniques, the mindset, the meetings. He was short and sweet but he had a keen eye to pick up the details. I miss him every second of the day.”

“His passion was to coach. His coaching was miles ahead, especially in T20 format. The running between the wickets, the powerplay scores, the sixes and fours you talk about – Deano was talking about it five years ago.

“He was a great cricketing mind and a dear, dear friend.”

Shane Warne was also effusive in his praise of the Australian cricket icon, saying: “He was an innovator, he was ahead of his time. He came up with (the strategy that) if you can drop the ball in the inner circle when the fielders go out, if you can drop it on that line you can get two. He moved around the crease. He was athletic in the field.”

“He was a fantastic cricketer in all forms,” Warne continued. “People talk about his One Day cricket, but he averaged nearly 50 in Test cricket. He was a terrific all-round player in any form. He would have been fantastic in T20 if he had have played.”



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