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Full name Geraint Owen Jones
Born July 14, 1976, Kundiawa, Papua New Guinea
Current age 37 years 280 days
Major teams England, Papua New Guinea, Kent, Kent 2nd XI
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Height 5 ft 10 in
Education Harristown State, Queensland
|Test debut||West Indies v England at St John's, Apr 10-14, 2004 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v England at Perth, Dec 14-18, 2006 scorecard|
|ODI debut||England v West Indies at Nottingham, Jun 27, 2004 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v Sri Lanka at Leeds, Jul 1, 2006 scorecard|
|T20I debut||England v Australia at Southampton, Jun 13, 2005 scorecard|
|Last T20I||England v Sri Lanka at Southampton, Jun 15, 2006 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Kent v Essex at Canterbury, Sep 11-14, 2013 scorecard|
|List A debut||2001|
|Last List A||Hong Kong v Papua New Guinea at Lincoln, Jan 30, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Kent v Hampshire at Beckenham, Jun 16, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Papua New Guinea v Scotland at Abu Dhabi, Nov 29, 2013 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|82||P.N.G.||v Hong Kong||Lincoln||30 Jan 2014||LA|
|12||P.N.G.||v Scotland||Lincoln||28 Jan 2014||LA|
|8||P.N.G.||v U.A.E.||Christchurch||26 Jan 2014||LA|
|12*||P.N.G.||v Namibia||Mount Maunganui (2)||23 Jan 2014||LA|
|6||P.N.G.||v Netherlands||New Plymouth||19 Jan 2014||LA|
|-||P.N.G.||v Uganda||New Plymouth||16 Jan 2014||LA|
|1c/0s||P.N.G.||v Kenya||New Plymouth||13 Jan 2014||LA|
|0, 1c/0s||P.N.G.||v Hong Kong||Christchurch||11 Jan 2014||Other OD|
|0, 0c/0s||P.N.G.||v Scotland||Christchurch||10 Jan 2014||Other OD|
|25||P.N.G.||v Scotland||Abu Dhabi||29 Nov 2013||T20|
Keeping wicket for Kent brings with it a certain weight of history. Ames, Evans, Knott, Downton, Marsh is a formidable backstory, but Geraint Jones has earned his place in the dynasty. With thirteen seasons behind him he has established himself as an elder statesman of the Kent squad, and in James Tredwell's absences with England in 2013 he was a natural selection as stand-in captain. He took 41 victims behind the stumps in Championship matches, and scored over 400 runs.
No player better encapsulated the fluctuating fortunes of the 2005 Ashes series than Geraint Jones. Fast-tracked into the Test team at the expense of a superior gloveman, Chris Read, Jones' selection was widely debated. He contributed energy to the cause and vital runs at key moments - none more important than his 85 in a stand of 177 with Andrew Flintoff at Trent Bridge - but he also produced enough fumbles for an edge to become a heart-in-the-mouth moment. He clung on to his place, however, and he also clung on to the chance that really mattered, at the very end of England's two-run win at Edgbaston, and emerged from the series more or less in credit - if not with his place secure.
Born in Papua New Guinea to Welsh parents, Jones lived and learned his cricket in Australia until he was 22. He was almost 27 when he first came to the attention of the England selectors, but he had timed his run to perfection.
In the 2003 season - Alec Stewart's last - Jones scored the best part of 1000 runs at an average of more than 50. After a brief stint at Glamorgan, he had moved to Kent, whose supporters are connoisseurs of fine keeping, but his weight of runs in the 2nd XI became a major factor in Paul Nixon's controversial return to Leicestershire.
Jones was rewarded with a call-up to England's Test squad to tour West Indies, and after displacing Read behind the stumps in the fourth and final Test in Antigua, he cemented his place with a thrilling century against New Zealand at Headingley, where his sixth-wicket alliance with Flintoff had England fans rubbing their hands with glee. His counterpunching style remained seemingly well designed for a momentum-seizing half-century, but he had many critics and he managed just two fifties in ten Tests before being dropped in favour of Chris Read in August 2006.
He regained the No. 1 slot for the 2006-07 Ashes - a controversial choice - but after three unproductive Tests Duncan Fletcher was forced to hand the gloves back to Read. The emergence of Matt Prior in 2007 and the replacement of Fletcher, a fierce advocate of Jones's, with Peter Moores meant he slipped down the pecking order.
Jones, who is a fully trained pharmacy technician, never seriously threatened to regain his England place but the winter of 2006-7 was not quite the end of his international adventures: five years later, he played for Papua New Guinea in the ICC World Twenty20 qualifiers, which took place in Dubai.
Awarded the MBE on 31st December 2005
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