Simon Jones

Country: England
Born: December 25, 1978, Morriston, Swansea, Glamorgan
Height: 6ft 3in
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast medium

Simon Jones Bio

Simon Philip Jones, born on December 25, 1978, is a former professional cricket player hailing from England. Known for his strapping physique and skiddy fast bowling style, Jones overcame a major knee injury to become an integral part of England’s victorious Ashes-winning team in 2005. Unfortunately, his career was plagued by various injuries, preventing him from adding to his international appearances after 2005.

Jones made his debut for the English cricket team in 2002, following a successful domestic season. His first taste of Ashes cricket occurred during the 2002-2003 tour of Australia, where he was hailed as England’s great hope. However, his tour was cut drastically short when he suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament in his right knee on the opening day of the series in Brisbane. Despite facing a six-month lay-off and enduring taunts from spectators, Jones showed immense determination and fought his way back to form by March 2004.

Returning to action as a key member of England’s bowling attack, Jones played in all four Tests during the tour of the West Indies. His impressive performance, claiming 15 wickets, greatly contributed to England’s series victory. However, he faced fierce competition from James Anderson and found himself at times as the fourth-choice bowler in the team.

Jones experienced a turning point in his career during the 2004-2005 season. Showcasing his skills in a memorable fourth-day spell in Port Elizabeth, he secured a significant victory for England with a diving catch at fine leg. Jones had regained the pace he temporarily lost due to his injury, and he introduced a new and mysterious element to his game – reverse-swing. His bamboozling inswinger that dismantled Michael Clarke’s off stump at Old Trafford became one of the iconic moments of the summer.

Further adding to his brilliance during the 2005 Ashes series, Jones played a crucial role in a match-turning partnership with Andrew Flintoff at Edgbaston. Their 51-run stand for the tenth wicket completely turned the tide in England’s favor. Jones’ contributions were recognized and celebrated, as he became an integral part of the historic 2005 Ashes win.

Cricket prowess runs in Jones’ family, as his father Jeff was also a talented left-arm seamer who represented England in 15 Test matches during the 1960s. However, like his son, Jeff’s career was eventually halted by injuries.

Despite his promising potential and contributions to England’s success, Jones’ career was severely limited by persistent injuries. Since 2005, he had to move counties twice, transitioning from Worcestershire to Hampshire in search of a fresh start. Unfortunately, his quest for further international success remained unfulfilled, as he was unable to overcome the injuries that continually plagued his cricketing journey.

Jones retired from professional cricket in pursuit of new endeavors, leaving behind an indelible mark through his remarkable comeback from a career-threatening injury. His resilience, dedication, and ability to master reverse-swing will forever be remembered in the annals of English cricket history.

Simon Jones Career Stats

Simon Jones Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 18 18 5 205 44 15.76 395 51.89 0 0 29 3 4 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 8 1 0 1 1 1 2 50 0 0 0 0 0 0
FC 91 113 37 904 46 11.89 - - 0 0 - - 18 0
List A 63 26 19 93 26 13.28 - - 0 0 - - 5 0
T20s 35 8 5 28 11* 9.33 22 127.27 0 0 1 2 1 0

Simon Jones Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 18 33 2821 1666 59 6/53 7/110 28.23 3.54 47.8 2 3 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 8 7 348 275 7 2/43 2/43 39.28 4.74 49.7 0 0 0
FC 91 - 13374 8142 267 6/45 - 30.49 3.65 50 - 15 1
List A 63 - 2529 2309 65 5/32 5/32 35.52 5.47 38.9 2 1 0
T20s 35 35 745 923 43 4/10 4/10 21.46 7.43 17.3 1 0 0

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