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Simon Jones
Simon Philip Jones MBE (born 25 December 1978 in Swansea, Glamorgan) is a Welsh cricketer who plays for Glamorgan County Cricket Club and England.

A tall (6' 3.5") right-arm fast bowler and left handed tail end batsman, Jones made his Test match debut against India in 2002 and, after impressing in that one Test, was then selected for the 2002/2003 Ashes tour. However, on the first morning of the First Test he suffered a severe injury, rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament while sliding to field a ball. After a lengthy recovery period, he was fit in time to tour the Caribbean in 2004. Jones made his One-Day International debut on the 2004/05 tour of Zimbabwe.

His father, Jeff Jones, played cricket for England in the 1960s.

His fightback from severe injury said much for his character and mental strength. His action since has been refined and he has developed a mastery of reverse swing, gradually becoming a key member of the most highly-rated England bowling attack for a generation. England captain Michael Vaughan seemed initially reluctant to use Jones, but in the Ashes series of 2005 he proved a revelation, taking 18 wickets at 21.00 and troubling all of the Australian batsmen with his control of swing. His stock had risen to the point of him being promoted to open the bowling when he succumbed to an ankle injury during the Fourth Test, forcing him out of the crucial deciding match at the Oval, as well as out of England's winter tour to Pakistan.

On 26th February 2006, Jones sustained a twisting injury to his left ankle while bowling in the nets in preparation for the first test of England's tour to India, which commenced on 1st March 2006. On 27th February, Jones was sent home to see a specialist, and didn't play any part in the test series (which finished 1-1).

Jones's continuing injury problems must also cast some doubt over his longer term prospects, he has now sustained injuries to both knees, and an ankle injury in a relatively short international career.

In the 2006 New Year's Honours List, Simon Jones was awarded the MBE for his role in the successful Ashes tournament.

In February 2006 Simon Jones was placed 9th in a poll of the world's sexiest men, voted for by readers of New Woman magazine. He was the highest placed sportsman in the poll.

In September 2006, despite continuing injury problems which mean he is very unlikely to return to professional cricket before the start of the 2007 domestic season, his Central Contract with the ECB was renewed for another 12 months.

Simon Jones Cricket - 2005


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