England v South Africa July 25, 2008

Jones 'disappointed' at Pattinson selection

Cricinfo staff


Simon Jones: 'I'm sure a few bowlers around England were a bit disappointed' © Getty Images
 
Simon Jones is the latest England quick bowler to question the selection of Darren Pattinson for the second Test against South Africa. Jones was overlooked for a recall along with Matthew Hoggard and Steve Harmison, with the selectors preferring Pattinson who had played just 11 first-class matches.

Since his success at the 2005 Ashes, Jones has been riddled with injuries but this season has returned to fitness. He is Worcestershire's second leading wicket-taker with 32 scalps from seven matches.

"I was a bit disappointed with the last Test, with the selections," Jones told the South Wales Echo. "They obviously chose him [Pattinson] because they thought he was the right man for the job but I'm sure a few bowlers around England were a bit disappointed."

Jones believes reputation alone is not good enough for the England selectors. He knows that he must prove himself by bowling his way back into the line-up. "It's just a matter of keeping on taking wickets and pushing" he said. "I'd love to get back into the side and I'm sure Hoggy would too, and Steve Harmison."

However, he is hoping that his return to bowling with sustained pace will put him firmly back in the England frame before long. "It's been a really good feeling to get back up to 91mph - that's a good way to put your point across".

Jones's confidence in regaining his Test place is not matched by Hoggard. "At the moment I think my international career is over." Hoggard said following his omission at Headingley. "I'm back in the ranks and everyone has got to prove themselves and pick up the wickets to get back to that level."

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