Simon Jones 'role model' for Glamorgan's young bowlers - Steve James

Ex-England and Glamorgan batsman Steve James says the return of Simon Jones will help inspire the Welsh county.

Jones, 32, has rejoined Glamorgan on a two-year deal after Hampshire agreed to release him early from his contract.

The fast bowler made his Glamorgan debut aged 19 and topped England's bowling averages in their 2005 Ashes triumph over Australia.

"I don't think Glamorgan have had too many players who have won the Ashes," said James.

"Simon Jones is a Welshman, he started his career at Glamorgan and I think it's good he's coming back.

"I still think he's got a lot to offer as a player, I still think he can bowl and bowl quickly.

"But if you were an aspiring fast bowler in Wales I don't think you could have any better role model than Simon Jones."

Jones, who played 18 Tests for England, left Glamorgan to join Worcestershire in 2007 but a series of knee injuries disrupted his spell at New Road.

Glamorgan failed to tempt Jones back in 2009 when the injury-prone seamer left Worcestershire to join Hampshire on an appearance and fitness-related contract.

But Jones did return briefly to Glamorgan last season in a six-week loan spell, where he played in 10 Twenty20 and three 40-over matches.

Jones has been signed primarily to bolster Glamorgan's options in limited overs cricket, but James believes the paceman's influence can stretch beyond that.

"Take someone like Will Owen, who came through last year and showed immense promise, he's a bowler who is fit and has got some pace," James added.

"In a way he reminds me a little bit of Simon Jones when he was younger, so I'm sure someone like Simon Jones can be of great benefit to Will Owen.

"From what I gather... he's [Jones] primarily going to come back and play one-day cricket, although if I were them [Glamorgan] I wouldn't rule him out totally from four-day cricket.

"There's obviously quite a big burden on James Harris leading the attack in four-day cricket and now and again I'd like to see him have a rest.

"If that was the case I don't see why Simon Jones couldn't step in and play the odd four-day game."

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