After taking in the sights of Worcestershire and Hampshire in a four-year period, Simon Jones has rejoined Glamorgan ranks on a two-year deal. Now, I doubt the man will enter Cardiff to rapturous acclaim, riding in an open-topped limo, but it is a welcome announcement as Glamorgan bolster the ranks for the 2012 season.
We all know about a much-publicised (and much-regretted) injury struggle after the epic 2005 Ashes campaign, but Jones is still capable of delivering. That’s why the Dragons have moved to secure his services once again, and that’s equally why his signature is a good thing for Glamorgan.
It also brings more seniority to the attack, particularly in the pace department. If not for Graham Wagg, Glammy’s seamers would be an entirely a young bunch yet to see a quarter of a century’s worth of candles appear on their birthday cakes. Plus, there can be no harm bringing in a man capable of bowling 90mph+.
They do not like it up ’em, eh Jonesy?
Upon announcing his arrival home, Jones said: “This cricket club has played an integral role in my career and my life and I’m thrilled to be back to help achieve success with the club in the next two years and to play regular cricket.” Success is something that has been in very much short supply in the past few years at the SWALEC, but at least Jones can say that he is a man who was there when it happened last time.
“Also in the back of my mind, I haven’t given up on the dream of playing for England again. I’m confident that I still have the form that got me selected in the first place and prove some critics wrong.” It is hard to see where he now fits into the current national set-up, but he knows how to get noticed by selectors on the Cymraeg Riviera and that could be something that well benefits James Harris et al in years to come.
There is a school of thought that says you should never go back. Hoddle to Spurs and Keegan to Newcastle – these are two examples that spring to mind immediately. But they’re footballers and what do they know? Cricket is a sport built on tradition and heritage, and praise be Jebus that Simon Jones is back at home, in Wales, with Glamorgan. You knows it makes sense…