Alan Jones awarded England cap 50 years after debut
On the fiftieth anniversary of his lonely appearance in England, the former Glamorgan batsman Alan Jones was finally reinstated as a test cricketer.
Jones played the first game in the 1970 English series against a rest of World XI. These games originally had test status and were downgraded by the International Cricket Council in 1972.
After being released for nothing by the great Mike Procter, Jones was never called again, which meant he had been deprived of his performance for 48 years.
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Alan Jones was officially awarded his England test cap (handout) 50 years after his only appearance.
The England and Wales cricket board has now taken a unilateral decision to correct this injustice and officially introduced the 81-year-old as cap number 696.
Ongoing blocking restrictions meant his cap presentation was video-linked, but he still received warm recognition from England captain Joe Root, ECB chairman Colin Graves, and long-time friend and team-mate Tony Lewis.
Jones tried on his newly awarded cap and said, "It fits. I'm just waiting for the helmet!
"Representing England in a friendly with Lord was something very special in my career and I have fond memories.
"Whenever you play international cricket, you're proud to wear the Three Lions of England. When they ignored this full English cap, it made a difference ... You didn't feel like you were a full English player.
"I had the hat, the blazer, the sweater, the ties, but then they took away the test game series and I couldn't wear it. It was a big disappointment to win an English international and have it taken away a few years later."
Alan Jones at the crease for Glamorgan (PA archive)
Jones' first-class running record of 36,049 is the highest of all players who haven't taken an ICC-approved test, and he admits that he felt stung after a lonely appearance and was rejected.
"If you are good enough to be selected for England at all, I think that person deserves a chance or two," he added.
"But I knew I had to be successful if I got the train to Lords, because if I didn't get runs, that was the end of my test career. I knew that deep down."
Root, who was dressed in a suit and tie for his performance on Zoom, said: "Listening to and reading about Alan's success in cricket was inspiring, so it is a great honor to have been part of his celebration today.
"Choosing to represent your country is a big moment in every cricketer's career. Although Alan's time on the team was short, I hope he has had good memories of the game for the past 50 years."
"The cap makes you part of a very special family and I hope it won't be long before we can welcome Alan to a game in England to congratulate him personally."
ECB Chairman Colin Graves added: "Alan's successes on and off the cricket field are something to celebrate. I am pleased that we can celebrate the 50th anniversary of his appearance in England in this way.
"While the record books may not show Alan as an international cricketer with a cap, the ECB wanted to recognize his appearance in England and celebrate his remarkable career as a player, coach and administrator by awarding him English cap number 696."
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