Dean Jones had actually come in at the fall of Marsh's wicket at 48 the previous morning and had seen Boon fall late on the first day after a second wicket partnership of 158 runs. On the second morning he lost the services of night watchman Ray Bright at 282. Border joined Jones and by this time the heat was quite unbearable. The bowlers and fielders wilted but this was clearly one of those mind over matter exercises and in this the Aussies came up trumps.
Jones got his maiden Test hundred and, braving the searing afternoon heat, blazed forth with a series of unstoppable shots. Ultimately however the stifling and enervating heat got to him and he started retching by the side of the crease. Despite being overcome by dehydration he refused to leave the crease and after receiving some treatment continued to bat.
The conditions continued to be muggy in the afternoon but Jones relentlessly carried on, passing 150 and dominating the partnership with his captain. Overcome yet again by nausea and leg cramps he again received treatment but refused to budge. There was no respite from the heat even in the post-tea session and the sea breeze that normally wafts across Chepauk from the Marina beach was absent.
Amidst thunderous applause Jones reached his double hundred. The knowledgeable Chepauk crowd was fully aware of the heroism of the feat but by this time even the stouthearted Jones had reached the end of the tether. On 210 he finally succumbed being bowled by Shivlal Yadav. He was fourth out at 460 but not before he had occupied the crease for eight hours and 23 minutes.
Back in the comparative cool of the dressing room, Jones was found to be completely dehydrated. He was rushed to hospital and put on saline treatment. Fed intravenously, that's where he stayed for the rest of the night. In the meantime Australia carried on remorselessly. Border got his 19th Test hundred and by the time Australia declared on the third morning, they had scored 574 for seven.
Image: Former Australian cricketer, now television commentator, Dean Jones, dresses up as a teacher while doing a piece to camera commenting on the Asia Cup cricket match between India and Sri Lanka at The Rangri Stadium in Dambulla, 18 July 2004.