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Ex-England wicketkeeper signs for Gloucestershire

Geraint Jones in action for Kent Photo: 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.

Geraint Jones says he is excited to be joining Gloucestershire Credit: PA

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.

They have a great set up here and I am looking forward to taking on the role as four-day Captain and to working in tandem with Michael Klinger. This is a young and talented squad and I relish the opportunity of working with them and to playing a part in their future development.

I also look forward to working with John Bracewell and his coaching team. They impressed me greatly during my loan period so the chance to work full time with them I know will have big benefits.

– Geraint Jones