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Geraint Jones's Biography

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Wicket-keeper Geraint Jones was born on 14 July, 1976 in Kundiawa, Papua New Guinea.

Geraint Jones, who played for Kent, made his test debut for England against West Indies in 2004.

It was only a year earlier that Geraint Jones had made the wicket-keeping spot his own for county side Kent after Paul Nixon left.

It was Jones's ability with the bat that helped him secure his position with England and he had an average of over 30 before the Ashes 2005 series. Geraint Jones and Freddie Flintoff have several excellent batting partnerships - their record is 177 in the 4th test in the 2005 Ashes when Jones scored 85 off 149 balls.

At that stage Jones and Flintoff had an average partnership of 80. Indeed Jones's batting proved helpful to England's great Ashes win in 2005.

However, Jones was deemed to be underperforming with the bat against Pakistan and in the summer of 2006 he was replaced by Chris Read.

Born of Welsh parents, Geraint Jones still speaks in an Aussie accent, having spent much of his youth in Australia. When he came to Britain, Jones had a stint at a chemist in Abergavenny and is a qualified pharmacy technician.

After retiring from cricket, he became a teacher and a retained firefighter in Sandwich, Kent.

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