Affair costs cricketer family award

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Dean Jones, a former Australian test cricketer, has had a father-of-the-year award revoked after admitting to having a lengthy affair and a child with another woman.

Jones, 49, said on the weekend that he had a nine-year affair with a Sydney flight attendant that produced a child which he has never seen but has supported financially.

The married father of two teenage daughters played 52 tests for Australia but was primarily known as a one-day batsman.

Don Parsons, president of Victoria state’s Father of the Year Council, said Monday his group was “rocked” by Jones’ admission and that the award listing for 2007 will “simply show as blank — that’s our attitude.”

Jones did not return calls to local media asking for comment.