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Jones to be Twenty20 specialist

Glamorgan seamer Simon Jones has announced his retirement from first-class and List A cricket, just a day after his fellow 2005 Ashes winner Matthew Hoggard announced he will be hanging up his boots.

Jones, 34, will continue to be available for Twenty20 contracts after his current deal expires at the end of the season.

Jones, who has a Lord's final in the Yorkshire Bank 40 to look forward to, is the last of England's fabled five-man attack from 2005 to be playing regular county cricket.

Andrew Flintoff retired in 2009, Hoggard made his own exit yesterday and Steve Harmison has not played for Durham’s first XI this season.

Spinner Ashley Giles, who provided the counterpoint to that famous four-man pace battery, is now England's limited-overs head coach.

Jones never played for England again after injury forced him out of the fourth Test of that watershed series eight years ago.

Although his career continued to be blighted by injury, he went on to play for Worcestershire and Hampshire before returning to his original county, Glamorgan.

He played just 18 Tests but managed 59 wickets at a fine average of 28.23 and will go down as an unfulfilled talent.

Jones said: "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.

"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."

Glamorgan head of elite performance Matthew Mott said: "Simon has shown great character and determination to keep pushing himself despite his time out of the game at Glamorgan.

"We wish him well in his endeavours to concentrate on T20 and thank him for his contribution both on and off the field."

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