Fast bowler shoots for England return May 6, 2008

Jones aims for Cardiff Ashes

Cricinfo staff


Simon Jones hopes to wear England colours again © Getty Images
 

Former England fast bowler Simon Jones isn't ruling out a return to international cricket, spurred on by the thought of playing an Ashes Test in front of a Welsh crowd. Continual injury setbacks have hampered him for two years and he has not played international cricket since 2005, but he is clinging to the hope of participating in Cardiff's first Ashes next year.

"I would do anything to be involved in that game," Jones told the Mirror. "Playing against Australia in front of a Welsh crowd would be something special."

Reprising the 2005 Ashes-winning bowling quartet of himself, Andrew Flintoff, Steve Harmison and Matthew Hoggard is a further dream, however distant. "I would hate to think the four of us will never bowl together again," said Jones. "That would be a real shame, and we're all young enough to make our comebacks for England, so you never know."

Flintoff hasn't played a Test since the last Ashes in Sydney early last year, while Hoggard and Harmison were dropped after the first Test in new Zealand because of poor form in the opening Test.

Jones has county cricket and staying injury-free to focus upon long before he can think of playing for England again.

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