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Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 April 2006, 10:46 GMT 11:46 UK
Proud Jones savours Wisden award
Glamorgan and England fast bowler Simon Jones
Jones played a key role in England's Ashes win last summer
Glamorgan and England's Simon Jones says he has fulfilled a career ambition after being named as one of the five cricketers of year in 2005 by Wisden.

Fast bowler Jones is the ninth Welsh player to win cricket's oldest honour, which dates back to 1889.

"It's something I've wanted for a while," Jones told BBC Wales Sport.

"I've seen the other lads picking it up, when it comes along - and I think you only get it once in a lifetime - it's a great accolade."

WALES' WISDEN WINNERS
2005: Simon Jones
1998: Matthew Maynard
1994: Steve Watkin
1978: Alan Jones
1970: Don Shepherd
1969: David Green
1934: Cyril Walters
1931: Maurice Turnbull
1890: Robert Henderson

Jones was honoured for his crucial contribution to England's Ashes series victory last summer.

The 27-year-old topped England's bowling with 18 wickets in four Tests against Australia at an average of 21.

He becomes the first Glamorgan to be named as one of Wisden's top five cricketers since Matthew Maynard in 1998, and only the fifth Welsh-born cricketer to receive the honour in the past 37 years.

"To be put alongside names like that who have played for Glamorgan and England is great for me," Jones added.

A knee injury forced Jones to withdraw from England's tour of India this winter, but he is confident of being fit for the start of the county season.




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