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Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 April, 2005, 07:53 GMT 08:53 UK
Jones linked with India coach job
Dean Jones
Born: Coburg 24.3.61
52 Tests
3,631 runs, average 46.55, 11x100, 14x50, highest score 216 v West Indies
164 ODIs
6,068 runs, average 44.61, 7x100, 46x50, highest score 145 v England
Former Australia Test batsman Dean Jones is the latest name to be linked with the job of India's coach.

"I've been to India 58 times and enjoy the country and the public, so my hand is up. I am interested," an Indian newspaper quoted Jones as saying.

The Board of Control has begun a search for a new coach following New Zealander John Wright's decision to step down.

He was in charge for four and a half years but gave up the job following the recent home series against Pakistan.

Greg Chappell, Dav Whatmore, Geoff Marsh, Tom Moody and Sir Viv Richards have all been linked with the post and there has been speculation over whether Steve Waugh might be interested.

But Jones believes he could get the best out of the Indian players if given the chance.

"They are quite an experienced bunch now ... but I would like to see a few changes.

"I don't want to see them pussyfooting at any stage. I'd like to see a change in the way they prepare, especially when they play Australia," he told the Indian Express.

Jones played 54 Tests and 164 one-day internationals for Australia from 1984-1994.

His most famous Test performance came in the tied Test against India at Madras in September 1986 when he batted for eight hours and 20 minutes to make 210 despite suffering from dehydration.

It remains the highest score made by an Australian in India but he had to be taken to hospital and put on a saline drip following his innings.



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