In Geraint Jones' case the loan system has proved to be a success. The Kent wicket-keeper has moved to Gloucestershire to try and play first-class cricket and help his new club plug a gap in their side due to injury.
Jones was approached by Gloucestershire after their first choice keeper, 22-year-old Gareth Roderick, suffered a broken finger in their victory over Kent. The Bristol-based side decided to protect their young prospect Cameron Herring from the pressures of too much cricket at such a young age and so Jones looked to be the perfect option for them due to his experience.
37-year-old Jones is grateful for the opportunity to prove himself once again after languishing in Kent's second team this season, a huge break from the norm for him, as he has been behind the stumps for Kent almost uninterrupted since 2001. Sam Billings though has been preferred this season after Jones struggled last term scoring just 403 runs an average of 23.71.
Roderick is expected to be out of action for five to six weeks which will give Jones the opportunity to play all forms of the game, approx 13 T20 Blast games and six County Championship matches, and he has already began his short stint well.
Against Leicestershire in the County Championship Jones looked to roll back the years as he was back to his brutal self by smashing 93, including 13 fours and and three sixes, from just 75 balls. In the abandoned T20 game against Glamorgan this weekend Jones hit 37 from just 14 balls.
This kind of form was what alerted England to the Papua New Guinea born star early in his career. It was only nine years ago, in 2005, that Jones was helping England create history by wrestling back The Ashes from Australia, in one oft he greatest ever Test series' in modern times.
All in all Jones played 34 Test matches for England from 2004-2006, scoring 1,172 runs and taking 128 catches, plus five stumpings.
Jones' international days for England are now over and he is focused on proving himself again at first-class level, which he is beginning to do during this loan spell. Both Gloucestershire and Jones seem to be benefiting from this arrangement which is a reason why, certainly in these instances, the loan system is a good addition to cricket.
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