Paceman Jones retires from first-class game

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Former England fast bowler Simon Jones had announced his retirement from First Class cricket, but says he will still be available for T20 sides that would like to have him, including his current side, Glamorgan.

Former England fast bowler Simon Jones had announced his retirement from First Class cricket, but says he will still be available for T20 sides that would like to have him, including his current side, Glamorgan.

The Welshman played just 18 Tests for England, taking 49 wickets and playing a part in the 2005 Ashes win, but injuries blighted his career. he started playing T20s in 2008, and now hopes the shortest format will keep him employed.

Jones has struggled to find a place in the Glamorgan side this season, in the longer format, but is keen to keep playing for the Swansea-based team if they need him. He is also looking to emulate Herschelle Gibbs and Shaun Tait in T20 leagues around the world.

Jones said of his decision to only partially retire: "If I get the gigs I want to get I won't be resting much. T20 is the option that we're looking at and I'm excited at the prospect of playing in different tournaments if I can.

"Getting back on the park is something I've worked for a long time and for me to carry on playing it's the obvious choice, to go down that route, as the likes of Shaun Tait have done.

"There's a lot of opportunities out there but you've got to get a gig. I'm looking forward to the challenge and hopefully I get the opportunities I feel I deserve, because I still feel I have a lot to offer the game.

"It's giving me the opportunity to play for another couple of years. I still feel good in my body, I still feel good in my mind and I still feel I've got the skills and the pace to perform at the highest level. We'll see what happens.

"If Glamorgan do want to keep me for the T20 I'd be delighted to stay but if they don't I'm going to pursue other options. I've had some niggles this year, which have happened in the gym.

"Glamorgan have a settled team in the four-day stuff and I wasn't quite going to get in there. It has been a frustrating season but this will hopefully be another chapter in my cricketing career."

Glamorgan's head of elite performance, Matthew Mott, agreed with Jones' decision, saying: "Simon has shown great character and determination to keep pushing himself despite his time out of the game at Glamorgan.

"We wish him well in his endeavours to concentrate on T20 and thank him for his contribution both on and off the field. It is a smart and well-thought out decision and I am sure that a number teams around the world will be keen on him given his increased availability for T20 competitions.

"He is still in great shape and has the passion to keep playing and bowling quick for a few more years to come. Hopefully he can sign off his one-day career with Glamorgan in a winning team at Lord's."

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