The ghost of Simon Jones

I am not one to believe in the supernatural in the sense of having the belief there are such things as ghosts. After our look at this topic is done, I will say the same thing, I can assure you.

What I do believe in is metaphorically the ghost of former England fast bowler Simon Jones is lurking around in the modern game, he’s come in the shape of Jofra Archer.

Welshman Jones who terrorised the Australian batsmen in that famous Ashes series in 2005, from that point on, would find different ways to get injured, but it would be the knee mainly that would cause him the most trouble.

On his day Simon Jones was a world beater, players such as Ricky Ponting, clearly hated coming up against him. The then-Australian captain was the star player for The Aussies as was former captain Steve Smith when Archer burst onto the scene.

Smith, all be it a tad unorthodox, did what all great batsmen do, score a bucket load of runs and put a high value on their wicket. Ponting all those years ago was the same.

To draw some further comparisons between the two scenarios, Archer after his explosive breakthrough series, for the last two years has been a mere spectator as constant niggles in his elbows have put his career on hold.

After signing a deal with IPL giants Mumbai Indians, the cricket world was hopeful that just maybe we will see a fit again Jofra Archer. Sadly for the world of cricket and the Indians, they have had to see their star bowler constantly sit on the sidelines.

The West Indian-born bowler has only played five games for Rohit Sharma’s side. Overreaction theatre at this point, yes, but I sense similarities between the two men.

With an Ashes Summer on the horizon, England were optimistic about their chances of regaining the little urn. As frustrating as it must be for the man himself, here’s to hoping he comes back fitter, stronger and even better.

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