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Former England pacer Simon Jones retires from first-class cricket


Cricketnext Staff,Cricketnext
Sep 12, 2013 at 09:34pm IST

Former England pacer Simon Jones has announced his retirement from first-class and List A cricket, just a day after his fellow 2005 Ashes winner Matthew Hoggard hung up his cricket boots.

Jones will play his last match for Glamorgan's Yorkshire Bank 40 final against Nottinghamshire at Lord's on September 21. However, Jones, 34, will continue playing T20s after his current deal expires at the end of the season.

Jones was also one of the England's five-man attacks in 2005 era. After allrounder Andrew Flintoff retired in 2009, Matthew Hoggard called it a day on Wednesday.

Former England pacer Simon Jones retires from first-class cricket

However, Jones will continue playing T20s after his current deal expires at the end of the season.

Jones never played for his international side England again after injury forced him out of the fourth Test eight years ago. But he went on playing county cricket for Hampshire and Worcestershire before returning to his original county, Glamorgan.

Jones played 18 Tests in his career and managed 59 wickets at a fine average of 28.23.

"My current contract with Glamorgan finishes at the end of the season, so it's given me a chance to reflect on what I do next. I missed some games early season, so to come back in and be part of getting the team to Lord's has left me hungry to continue playing", Jones was quoted as saying.

"The Yorkshire Bank 40 final is a fitting opportunity to stop playing the longer forms of the game and concentrate on T20 cricket where I know I can still be at my explosive best," he added.

"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," Glamorgan head of elite performance Matthew Mott said.

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