Cricket: Jones in Just like Dad Jeff

The Mirror (London, England), July 24, 2002 | Go to article overview

Cricket: Jones in Just like Dad Jeff


Byline: PAUL WILLIAMS

SIMON JONES will make his England debut against India tomorrow - just like his dad Jeff.

Glamorgan paceman Jones will play in tomorrow's first Test at Lord's because of injuries to England's frontline quick bowlers Darren Gough, Andy Caddick and Alex Tudor.

England coach Duncan Fletcher said: "Simon is a player for the future and it will work to our long-term advantage to give him his debut now."

Jones's father Jeff, also a fast bowler, made the first of his 15 appearances for England against India back in 1964, before he had won his Glamorgan cap.

"I have not won my Glamorgan cap either," said 23-year old Jones last night. "In fact, I have yet to be awarded my second

XI cap! Following in my father's footsteps will be truly something - I have been working hard in the nets and I know that I still have to prove myself."

Jones is among the leaders in the second division bowling averages and he is enjoying his best season with Glamorgan.

While Jeff was a left arm bowler who batted right handed, son Simon is a right arm quick bowler who bats left handed.

While Jones has yet to prove himself in his father's class as a bowler - Jeff would have won many more caps but for an elbow injury which forced him to retire from the game early - he is a far better batsman.

Regarded as the quickest British bowler on the county circuit, Jones is also the hardest-hitting tail-end batsman as he showed this week with a six to help Glamorgan to a championship victory over Gloucestershire. …

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