Jane, Phoebe and Augusta Jones walked arm in arm to the center of the MCG, along with Allan Border At the most touching moment of Boxing Day, Dean Jones’ widow and daughters and his great buddy AB left Deanos baggy green, sunglasses and kookaburra bat resting beside the stumps at the end of the Great Southern Stand. The iconic trading instruments of a Victorian legend had one final visit to its most famous construction site

For a day when thousands finally gathered again at the ‘G after months of grueling isolation, the paradox was that the floor still retained a sense of emptiness

Augusta Jones, Allan Border, Jane Jones and Phoebe Jones at the MCG for Tribute to Dean JonesCredit: Getty Images

Everyone in attendance would agree that Jan.615 are far better than nothing, but that bare seats are far more numerous than occupied was an all too obvious reminder that things are still far from normal

The Victorian underdog and batsman had received a lap of honor at the ‘G in October after his untimely death in September, but that visit to the Colosseum was bleak and dark – the opposite of anything Deano stood for at a time when Victoria stayed locked up

This was a much happier occasion: the kind of bright, sunny day at the ‘G that Deano was King

Allan Border, Phoebe Jones, Jane Jones and Augusta Jones with Deano’s Bat and Baggy Green at the wicketCredit: Chris Hopkins

His face was present all day and placed over a seating bay in the Ponsford booth.The Australian players’ lower lips were adorned with his trademark zinc as they stood in line for the national anthem.The highlights of his swashbuckling stroke were shown over lunchMidnight the tea break – a number with double meaning, both his highest first-class score and his test cap number.After his nearest and dearest placed the items in the center, the twelfth men James Pattinson and KL Rahul retrieved the equipment and put it on one of them Seat in the ground

And while Deano had died and was still fighting with Cricket Victoria, the organization announced on Saturday that his name would be reinstated in the state’s one-day Player of the Year, an award that Jones requested his name from to remove The move to bring back the Jones designation came after talking to his family Life is really too short for such leggings

In some ways it was still as normal As always, referee controversies wagged their tongues Joe Burns made a duck, just like that day 12 months ago But on the flip side, Steve Smith was sent to pack without a score either , the first time in more than four years that it had been removed for free in a test

Because the fans were evenly distributed across the floor, there weren’t any particularly barren seating areas, which arguably lessened the aesthetic impact of the COVID restrictions.This also meant that a Mexican wave could still be comfortably carried out and that MCC members booed as a rite of passage whether they wanted to raise their arms or not

But the signs of the times stayed – there were tons of QR codes, rows were cordoned off, and fans had much more restricted access between the floor sections, no doubt doused with ubiquitous hand sanitizer and only forced to eat and drink in their seats / p>

After Boxing Day in the G had AFL games with zero fans this year, and then dormant when the final moved to Queensland, it was 30 percent full, not 70 percent empty

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