You would have describe watching Simon Jones' bowling as an absolute dream. A paronym for perseverance, the Glamorgan lad is in fact, the only success story of an otherwise rather abjured club of Glamorgan.
In a career that was hampered by an injury sustained during the Ashes Series of 2002-03 at The Gabba, the Morriston born achieved what many others hardly have in careers as long as even 10 years.
He actually tells a success story (an oxymoronic one), though a sad one (as we might feel sometimes) unfortunately as to how times change and what they do to you; a few months of happiness, a few months of disenchantment, a few famous weeks of piquant success and then the face-off with disappointment again. This is what sums up the career of this gallant character who fought with a knee, that time and now reminded him of how helpless he was when it came to his body, the very knee haunted him giving a gargantuan number of sleepless nights.
However, to put all those nightmares aside and rip-snort the Aussies in The Ashes of 2005 was one thing that sets him apart from the ordinary. His exploits with the old cherry and that "magical" in-swinger that had Michael Clarke's stumps all over the place is still a memory alive in our minds including that man himself who bowled it.
A betìse I must say as we are talking about his success (at the moment), but it won't be wrong to term, that, that ball was unknowingly going to be remembered as the "last" ripper that we could see off his bowling for the years to come because the end was just about near because of a penchant that his knee had developed for being an obstacle to a career that was yet to witness a flurry of triumphs and stories of heroics.
Putting that injury aside which subsumed his career, It'd be fair to say that the Cricketing world still remembers Jonesy as that coin, which, despite being weak in some description, still had that sheen on its surface that lured people into loving it.
Though he had to forbear playing anymore, he still had achieved a whole lot of success, a place in infinite hearts of millions of people. "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough". Jones could manage to be at his virile and his dangerous best for that one Ashes series (in an 18 test career) and that magic that he created there was enough for him to be called a "Legend"....
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