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Jones hopeful of return for Ashes



England fast bowler Simon Jones says he has not given up hope of recovering from knee surgery to play in this winter’s Ashes series in Australia.

Jones was virtually ruled out of the series after having surgery to repair damaged knee cartilage last month. But the 27-year-old expects to be back in training by September, giving him a month to prove his fitness. “There’s always a possibility for me to go. I want to push for a place to go on that tour,” he told BBC Sport. “I’ve got to work as hard as I can because there is no better feeling than to play against Australia in Ashes. That is what’s keeping me going.”

Jones flew to America in June to have micro fracture surgery on his left knee by pioneering surgeon Dr Richard Steadman. The Glamorgan star was told to rest for three months prompting England team doctor Peter Gregory to say Jones’ participation in the Ashes was extremely unlikely.

But Jones is remaining positive and revealed that watching highlights of last year’s Ashes victory, when he took 18 wickets in four Tests, is helping to remind him of what he could be missing. “The DVD has been out a few times just to keep me going,” said Jones, who will be on crutches for another three weeks.

Source:The News

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