The innings that cost Dean Jones 8kgs – The Madras Tied Test in 1986

On 19th September 1986, Dean Jones scored an incredible 210 against India in Madras (Chennai), which is the highest score by an Australian in a Test in India. Jones, who was playing in his third test match and first after two and a half years, made the double century in 330 balls, which included 27 fours and 2 sixes. In an energy-sapping effort at the M.A Chidambaram Stadium, which unlike today was a concrete colosseum, Jones batted for 503 minutes in 42 degrees and extreme humidity. Post him getting out, the 23 year-old had to be rushed to the hospital and put on a saline drip.

Jones later went on to admit that he hardly remembered the latter part of his knock due to exhaustion. He began to urinate involuntarily and had no control over how many times he vomited. He lost eight kilos in that heat and it took him over nine months to regain his weight back.

“It was my first Test 100. My first game back since 1984. I realised after the knock I could play Test cricket – I climbed my Mt Everest.”

It turned out to be quite a spectacular test match, as it ended in a tie. After Australia scored a massive 574 in testing conditions, India were bowled out for 397. Australia declared in the second innings after putting on 170 runs and gave India a target of 348 to chase. After a good performance by the top order, India’s middle and lower order crumbled under the pressure and eventually fell short by one run.

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