They have started serialising Simon Jones autobiography.

Strangely it is all about his time with England in the 2005 Ashes, and with Glamorgan.

No mention yet of his years in local cricket.

I remember watching him during his year with Ammanford, and batting at number four at Stradey Park, where he scored 63.

At his peak his old junior teammates suffered from loose bowels when facing him.

In more recent times he spent some time playing with Pontarddulais.

Simon started with the club juniors with his twin brother Matthew at age 11.

I remember coming across him leafing through magazines in WH Smith when he had joined Glamorgan, and challenging him to take 50 wickets by June.

Glamorgan were playing pre-season matches in South Africa, and he looked well on course with seven wickets in the first innings, but he never played again.

He was very quiet, and would trail round with Steffan Jones — who many confused with his brother — and Andy Davies.

It was in Ebbw Vale, in one of those one innings aside Grade matches that Glamorgan declared with 90 minutes to play and Simon and Ynystawe’s Nick Barrett took seven wickets that evening, then never got another for three hours next day.

Simon has always been a martyr to injury.

I remember discussing with his dad about whether modern lightweight boots were the problem.

Maybe Matthew had some of the bits he needed. Twins seem to run in the Jones family.

Elder brother Richard, also a fast bowler, has twin girls.