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Simon Jones - England's "King of Swing"

It's been an incredible of Test cricket for Simon Jones, and with Ashes fever gripping the nation, Simon has produced some memorable bowling performances, especially with reverse swing, against the Australian batsmen. This special photo gallery pays tribute to the Glamorgan man who has been dubbed by the media as England's "King of Swing".

Simon's memorable summer began in the Third Test at Old Trafford, where in Australia's 1st innings, he recorded career-best figures of 6/53, beating his father Jeff's analysis of 6/118 (recorded at Adelaide in 1965/66) which had previously been the best in Test cricket for England by a Glamorgan player.

During the game at Manchester, Simon also recorded another personal milestone by becoming the first Glamorgan bowler to take 50 wickets in Test cricket for England, and his match figures of 7/110 were also a club record.

Then in the Fourth Test at Trent Bridge, Australia's 1st innings was torn apart as Simon took 5/44 as the men in baggy green caps were forced to follow-on. This was the first time that a Glamorgan bowler had taken 'five fors' in successive Tests for England.

However, an ankle injury hampered Simon in the 2nd innings where he bowled just 4 overs, and he had to watch from the Nottingham pavilion as his fellow bowlers bowled Australia out again, before England, in a nail-biting run chase, won the game by 3 wickets to take England into a 2-1 series lead.

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Simon celebrates the wicket of Ricky Ponting in Australia's 1st innings at Old Trafford
Adam Gilchrist becomes another Australian batsman to fall to Simon Jones at Old Trafford
Australia lose another batsman to the searing pace of Simon Jones
Simon celebrates the wicket of Ricky Ponting in Australia's 1st innings at Old Trafford
Adam Gilchrist becomes another Australian batsman to fall to Simon Jones at Old Trafford
Australia lose another batsman to the searing pace of Simon Jones

Simon Jones dismissed Jason Gillespie at Old Trafford
Simon Jones celebrates getting the wicket of Michael Clarke in Australia's 2nd innings at Old Trafford
Michael Clarke loses his off-stump to Simon Jones at Manchester
Simon Jones dismissed Jason Gillespie at Old Trafford
Simon Jones celebrates getting the wicket of Michael Clarke in Australia's 2nd innings at Old Trafford
Michael Clarke loses his off-stump to Simon Jones at Manchester

Simon Jones is in the wickets again at Nottingham, as he traps Ricky Ponting leg before
It's two in two for Simon as Shane Warne spoons a catch to cover
Simon Jones celebrates being on a hat-trick after dismissing Shane Warne at Trent Bridge
Simon Jones is in the wickets again at Nottingham, as he traps Ricky Ponting leg before
It's two in two for Simon as Shane Warne spoons a catch to cover
Simon Jones celebrates being on a hat-trick after dismissing Shane Warne at Trent Bridge

A pensive Simon Jones watches the England batsmen move closer and closer to their victory target in the 4th Test at Trent Bridge
A pensive Simon Jones watches the England batsmen move closer and closer to their victory target in the 4th Test at Trent Bridge

 

 

 

 

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