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Full name Simon Philip Jones
Born December 25, 1978, Morriston, Swansea, Glamorgan
Current age 35 years 338 days
Major teams England, Glamorgan, Hampshire, Worcestershire
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Height 6 ft 3 in
Education Coedcae Comprehensive, Millfield
Relation Father - IJ Jones
|Test debut||England v India at Lord's, Jul 25-29, 2002 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v Australia at Nottingham, Aug 25-28, 2005 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Zimbabwe v England at Bulawayo, Dec 4, 2004 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v Australia at The Oval, Jul 12, 2005 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Derbyshire v Glamorgan at Derby, May 16-18, 2012 scorecard|
|List A debut||1999|
|Last List A||Glamorgan v Nottinghamshire at Lord's, Sep 21, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Worcestershire v Warwickshire at Worcester, Jun 17, 2008 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Glamorgan v Gloucestershire at Cardiff, Jul 30, 2013 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|2/36, 0*||Glamorgan||v Notts||Lord's||21 Sep 2013||LA|
|0/15||Glamorgan||v Hampshire||Southampton||7 Sep 2013||LA|
|0/14||Glamorgan||v Yorkshire||Leeds||26 Aug 2013||LA|
|2/61||Glamorgan||v Gloucs||Bristol||18 Aug 2013||LA|
|5*, 2/17||Glamorgan||v Middlesex||Cardiff||14 Aug 2013||LA|
|2/48, 5*||Glamorgan||v Somerset||Cardiff||12 Aug 2013||LA|
|3/16||Glam 2nd XI||v Warwcks 2nd||Cardiff||6 Aug 2013||Other OD|
|0/44||Glamorgan||v Gloucs||Cardiff||30 Jul 2013||T20|
|0/39||Glamorgan||v Unicorns||Southend-on-Sea||9 Jun 2013||LA|
|1*, 1/58||Glamorgan||v Somerset||Taunton||2 Jun 2013||LA|
A strapping and skiddy fast bowler, Simon Jones fought back from a grievous career-threatening knee injury to become an integral member of England's triumphant Ashes-winning team in 2005. Jones's pace and mastery of reverse-swing carried him to 18 wickets at 21 in four Tests, before he was forced to sit out a nervy final match due to an ankle problem.
Jones' entire career has been blighted by injury, right from his debut in 2002 and he hasn't been able to add to his England career since 2005, while twice moving counties from Worcestershire and Hampshire.
His first experience of Ashes cricket came on the 2002-03 tour Down Under, having made his debut the previous summer against India, when he was selected as England's great white hope. But his tour ended abruptly on the opening day of the series at Brisbane, when he slid to prevent a boundary and ruptured a cruciate ligament in his right knee. He fought back courageously after a six-month lay-off, aided by the memories of the taunts he had received while laying stricken on the outfield, and by March 2004, he was back to a good pace and preparing himself for a tour of the Caribbean.
He played in all four Tests, and helped England to a series win with 15 wickets, but he was very much the fourth member of the attack, forever fighting to hold off the challenge from James Anderson. All that began to change at Port Elizabeth in 2004-05, when his inspired fourth-day spell - and a rare diving catch at fine leg - secured a notable victory over South Africa. By the start of the 2005 season, he had regained the yard of pace he had mislaid after his injury, and added a new and mysterious extra element as well - reverse-swing.
The bamboozling inswinger with which he plucked Michael Clarke's off stump at Old Trafford was one of the images of the summer, as was his part in the match-turning 51-run stand for the tenth wicket with Andrew Flintoff at Edgbaston. His father, Jeff, played 15 Tests for England as a feisty left-arm seamer in the 1960s. But he, too, had his career curtailed by injury.
NBC Denis Compton Award 2001
Awarded the MBE on 31st December 2005
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2006
Why the Indian opener would be well advised to shelve the hook and pull in Australia