Jones decides on Hampshire
Pace bowler Simon Jones has signed a three-year contract with Hampshire.
The seamer, who last played for England in the fourth Test of the memorable Ashes 2005 series, failed to earn a new deal Worcestershire this summer and has penned a deal at the Rose Bowl that offers a fixed standard wage with ‘pay-as-you-play’ clauses.
Jones has shown glimpses of his devastating wicket-taking ability since he last pulled on an England shirt, taking 42 wickets at an average of just 18 to help secure Worcestershire promotion to the top flight of the LV= County Championship in 2008.
And despite seeing this season hampered again through injury, Jones is adamant his move to a side in Division One of the cChampionship is one fuelled by an ambition to return to the top of his game.
“I am delighted to have signed for Hampshire," he said
"I feel that the Rose Bowl is a venue and a club where I can re-ignite my cricketing ambitions and at the same time, bring home some silverware and success to such a forward thinking club.
“I look forward to meeting all the guys and hopefully adding to the superb talent that is already here.”
Hampshire cricket manager Giles White added: “Obviously we are very excited to have signed Simon.
"He knows he has a hard winter ahead in terms of rehab to get his career back on track, he is a proven performer at both domestic and international level and I’m sure he will prove to be a great signing for the club.”