Jones announces retirement from cricket


Former England wicketkeeper Geraint Jones will retire from all forms of cricket at the end of the current English county season and has also relinquished the Gloucestershire captaincy.

The 38-year-old played 34 tests for England and was part of the side that famously won the 2005 Ashes series.

Jones admitted retirement is something that he has been thinking about for some time and ultimately made his decision to allow younger members of the squad a chance to prove themselves.

"It's been something I've been thinking about quite strongly in the last few weeks," Jones said, "and I've come to the decision that this season will be my last as a cricket player.

"But it's on a positive note that I've made the decision. Yes the family side has been a big consideration but ultimately it's about what's best for Gloucestershire cricket and this squad.

"Over the last few weeks I felt there were guys who needed an opportunity and my place in the team was potentially that opportunity.

"I still want to play a big role in helping the team on and off the field but now is a chance for them to start to formulate the best way forward for this group of players and for Gloucestershire cricket."