County news October 19, 2011

Simon Jones returns to Glamorgan

ESPNcricinfo staff

Fast bowler Simon Jones will return to Glamorgan next season after signing a two-year deal with the county. Jones heads back to Glamorgan, for whom he first signed as a 16 year old in 1998, after spending the last two seasons with Hampshire.

Jones had spent part of the 2011 summer on loan to Glamorgan. During a six-week spell with them he played in 10 Friends Life t20 games and three CB40 matches, taking 13 wickets.

"I've got very mixed emotions on leaving The Rose Bowl," said Jones, whose time with Hampshire was hampered by a long-term injury. "I mean, what a place to play your cricket. It's not just the surroundings or the playing area, it's everything that is the Rose Bowl; the office staff, supporters, playing staff and ground staff - they all have special memories for me.

"It's only been two years, but I feel I settled in and thoroughly enjoyed my time. Rod Bransgrove is a special human being, whom I have immense respect and admiration for, especially for his love of the game and all he gave to bring Test cricket to the south. I feel sad to leave but need to be playing and not spectating.

"Giles White has been a wonderful support to me always and I am grateful to him. To the lads I say good luck, enjoy and have lots of success. Hopefully I'll see them next season."

"It has been a pleasure to have Simon with us over the last two years," said Hampshire manager Giles White. "He has been a model professional and shown a fantastic attitude in all that he has done. We will be sad to see Simon and the family leave but understand the obvious attraction of a return to Cardiff and wish them well in the future."

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  • Alan on October 20, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    The best that we can wish Jones is that going home will mean he will enjoy a relatively happy last few years in the game. Whenever I saw him bowl in one-day matches for Hampshire or Glamorgan last season - though that was rarely enough - he still seemed to be doing a pretty good job for his team.

  • Mike on October 20, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    It was only 6 years ago he was on top of the world. Its a shame we didnt see more of him internationally. It seems the players from that series were always destined to leave early. Tres , Flintoff, Vaughn , Hoggard , and jones were great to watch.. I wonder if there was some bad planning with these guys.. It seemed at the time they used everything they could to win that great 2005 ashes series and shortened their overall careers in the process.

    Flintoff in full flight was just amazing to watch. Even as an australian. 15 overs straight of 150kph+ bowling in the perfect area.. Im sure if he played as long as someone like mcgrath he would of been the greatest ever fast bowler. If not all rounder.

    Good luck jonesy. hope you stay injury free for your twilight years

  • Mike on October 20, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    Yeh agreed, along with Trescothick he is the player I am most disappointed to have not seen playing more for England. Still, no-one can take away just how well he bowled in the 2005 Ashes. Best of luck to him, he deserves to at least have some further success before his career ends.

  • John on October 20, 2011, 0:00 GMT

    One of the most unfortunate players in the game over the last 10 years. Jones was on the brink of becoming a star when he tore up his knee fielding in Australia, made it all the way back and was outstanding in the Ashes series of 2005, only to suffer a succession of injuries which prevented him from playing any more tests. He could have been a major figure in test cricket, with pace, control and late movement, reverse swing and a very good yorker. I hope he enjoys his time in Glamorgan.

  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2011, 23:33 GMT

    Not wishing any malice towards the man as he is a top bloke and was a great player, but I sadly can't see him playing all that much for Glamorgan over the course of his two year contract as I very much doubt that his much damaged body will stand up to the punishment of just one season of playing even only one day cricket. Maybe a t20 contract might have been a better plan. I hope to be proved wrong as he doesn't deserve to end his career like this.

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