Simon Jones, England’s 2005 Ashes hero, has returned to Wales by signing a two-year contract with Glamorgan.
Injury-prone Jones is likely to figure only in one-day cricket for Glamorgan – something that happened when he joined the Welsh county on loan from Hampshire in the summer.
He played in ten Friends Life t20 and three Clydesale Bank 40 matches for Glamorgan and took 13 wickets during his six-week loan spell.
Jones, who has been plagued by knee problems, had another year to run on his Hampshire contract but has been allowed to return home.
“I’m really happy to return home and play for Glamorgan,” said the 32-year-old fast bowler, who played the last of his 18 Tests in 2005.
“This cricket club [Glamorgan] has played an integral role in my career and my life and I’m thrilled to be back to help achieve success with the club in the next two years and to play regular cricket.
“After four happy years over the border, there is no price tag on being nearer to family and coming home to Wales.
“It’s been a frustrating few seasons for me with injuries, but I’ve put this behind me and I’m thrilled to be moving on with my game.
“Also in the back of my mind, I haven’t given up on the dream of playing for England again. I’m confident that I still have the form that got me selected in the first place and can prove some critics wrong.”
Jones originally left Glamorgan in 2007 to join Worcestershire. He signed for Hampshire in 2010, but returned to Glamorgan on loan earlier this season.