Kent: James Tredwell explains Geraint Jones FL t20 omission

Geraint Jones

Kent captain James Tredwell says the need to find a long-term wicketkeeper is the reason behind their omission of Geraint Jones from their T20 squad.

The 36-year-old has not featured in the FL t20 this year, with Sam Billings, 22, being favoured instead.

"Geraint is at an age where, unfortunately, we are starting to think about filling that spot in years to come," Tredwell told BBC Radio Kent.

"Sam taking the gloves enables us to keep progressing young players."

Jones has scored 1009 runs at an average of 17.10 in 95 domestic Twenty20 games, as well as taking 49 catches and making 20 stumpings.

Billings, meanwhile, ended last season as Kent's leading run-scorer in both the FLt20 and CB40 competitions.

"It wasn't an easy decision and by no means was it taken lightly," Tredwell added.

"Geraint is family [he is Tredwell's brother-in-law] and he has been high-class performer for us over a number of years.

"Sam has shown promise with the bat in one-day cricket. This is a good time for us to progress some of these younger players."

Tredwell says the county's younger players will need support from the experienced members of the squad in order to perform in the first team.

"For youth to gain experience our senior players maybe [need to] play those more important knocks and bowl those spells that can help the younger guys through," he said.

"There is that double-edged sword that you hope they are learning but equally you also want them to put in performances.

"We've got to try and get the best out of them in practice, keep them confident and put them out on the park with the full intention of winning matches."

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