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England paceman Jones to have more surgery

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  • Former England paceman Simon Jones to undergo further surgery on his knee
  • Jones playing a starring role in England's Ashes victory over Australia in 2005
  • But he has been plagued by injuries since and his Test future is now in doubt
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(CNN) -- England bowler Simon Jones' dreams of an Ashes comeback this summer appear to be over, after it was confirmed he is to undergo further knee surgery on Thursday which will sideline him for two months.

Jones has suffered a series of injury problems since helping England to Ashes victory in 2005.

Jones has suffered a series of injury problems since helping England to Ashes victory in 2005.

The Worcestershire paceman has suffered a series of injuries since playing a starring role as England beat Australia 2-1 in 2005 to lift the Ashes on home soil.

However, he has not played for England since suffering an ankle injury in that year's fourth Test at Trent Bridge and a recent visit to a surgeon has confirmed the Welshman has a cartilage problem in his knee.

The 30-year-old underwent knee surgery last September after a successful first season with Worcestershire in which he took 42 first-class wickets in nine games.

But this latest setback will rule him out until at least the middle of June. That will leave him with little chance to stake a claim for a call-up for the start of the five-Test series against Australia the following month.

Worcestershire Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes said: "It is bad news for Simon that this new problem has occurred, Simon will undergo arthroscopy on his left knee to remove loose cartilage. The positive that can be taken from this is that Simon will be ready for the second part of the season," he added.

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