Ex-England wicketkeeper signs for Gloucestershire

Geraint Jones in action for Kent Credit: PA

Former Kent and England wicketkeeper, Geraint Jones, has signed for Gloucestershire on a two-year contract.

Geraint, 38, who has played in 34 Test Matches and 49 One-Day Internationals, will be employed as a specialist batsman and Captain in four-day cricket.

He had a successful loan spell with the Club while still at Kent this summer, which finished early due to injury.

During that loan, as cover for injured wicketkeepers Gareth Roderick and Cameron Herring, Geraint played in three LV= County Championship matches, scoring 93 in the victory over Leicestershire at Grace Road.

An Ashes winner with England in 2005, having made his Test debut in Antigua in April 2004, Geraint will bring a depth of experience to the squad as well as the ability which has seen him score 8,615 first class runs at an average of 32.5, with 15 centuries and 46 fifties.

His wicketkeeping career has seen him take 586 catches and 36 stumpings in first class cricket.

He was made an MBE in 2006 for his role in the 2005 Ashes series.

With Michael Klinger not re-joining us until June next year, Geraint will captain the team in four-day cricket for the 2015 season. We have spoken to Michael about that and he is comfortable with it. We intend using Geraint as a batsman and his presence on the field will be invaluable in offering advice and assistance to our young bowling attack.

Gloucestershire Director of Cricket John Bracewell
Geraint Jones will take on the role of four-day Captain Credit: Glos CCC

Following an enjoyable month on loan with Gloucestershire during 2014, I am excited to be joining the Club on a full time basis and for the challenges that lie ahead.

Geraint Jones