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Ashes legend calls time on First Class career

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Former England seam bowler Simon Jones will retire from First Class and List A cricket at the end of the season in order to concentrate on the shortest form of the game, reports TalkSport.

Jones, who was part of England's historic 2005 Ashes series win, will restrict himself to Twenty20 cricket when his current deal runs out at the end of the season.

Alongside Andrew Flintoff, Steve Harmison and Matthew Hoggard, Jones formed a formidable pace attack that helped England claim their first Ashes series since 1987.

Now playing for Glamorgan, Jones is looking forward to playing in the Yorkshire Bank 40 final at Lords on 21st September before turning his attention to T20. 

He told TalkSport: "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.

"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."

Having been plagued by injury throughout his career, Jones' international career was as impressive as it was disappointingly brief, taking 59 wickets at an average of 28.23.

The fouth test of that memorable series would be the last time the former Hampshire and Worcestershire man played international cricket and his announcement comes a day after Hoggard also announced his intention to call it a day at the end of the season.

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