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Cricket: Glam hoping for Jones boost

Glamorgan cricket manager Matthew Maynard says he hopes Simon Jones will be around to represent the Welsh county in England colours when the Ashes come to Cardiff in 2009.

England are scheduled to play an Ashes Test at Sophia Gardens in just under two years time but Jones, who has been linked with Worcestershire and Hampshire, has yet to commit his future to the club.

Maynard, who played four Tests and 14 one-day internationals for England, admitted he hopes the 28-year-old seamer will still be in the Welsh capital for the visit of the Australians.

“We’d love to have a Glamorgan player involved in the Ashes in 2009,” Maynard told ecb.co.uk

“Most people would probably say our best chance of that is Simon Jones and that will only be if he signs his contract to stay. We very much hope that he will stay and we are doing everything in our powers to do that.

“At this stage it is entirely Simon’s decision and he has a big, big decision to make on his future.

“We expect to be able release something in the next 10 days to two weeks, something like that, and everything will be a bit clearer then.”

Jones’s pace and use of reverse-swing helped him capture 18 wickets in four Ashes Tests in 2005, before he was forced to sit out the final Test at the Brit Oval with an ankle problem.

A string of injuries have followed and he is yet to appear in Test or ODI cricket for England since the fourth match against Australia at Trent Bridge two years ago.

Jones has only featured in 14 games for Glamorgan since but Maynard, who was involved with England in a coaching capacity as England’s assistant coach from September 2004 until May 2007, thinks he can make a return to the international scene.

“He needs to get himself back to full fitness,” Maynard said.

“Everyone at Glamorgan can help him with this – we have (former England physio) Dean Conway with us now and he will help Simon get back to something like his best.

“I think the thing with Simon is that he has obviously had his injury problems and he is massively high profile.

“If he comes back to the regular player, like he was five years ago, who has never had any fitness issues then he can make it back and of course it would be blow for us to lose him.

“But in terms of getting a player involved in the Ashes unless it is Simon we shouldn’t look too far ahead – if someone comes up and performs well and gets an opportunity then that would be great.”

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  1. October 16, 2007 at 10:30 am

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