Ankle feels good, says Jones

The pacer, who was out of action for six months due to injury, 'felt fine' at the end of practice game.

india Updated: Feb 21, 2006 18:42 IST

Pace bowler Simon Jones, coming off a near six-month injury lay-off, has said his ankle felt fine at the end of the visiting team's three-day practice game against the Cricket Club of India XI.

Jones, one of the architects of England's Ashes triumph over Australia last northern summer, injured his ankle before the end of the series last September and also missed the subsequent tour of Pakistan.

"I am feeling good. I took a little bit easier on Sunday. I am better. I bowled off my long run-up and am happy with the way things went. I bowled again after the game in the nets and the ankle is feeling good," he told reporters after the match on Monday.

Jones took 2 for 9 in the CCI team's second innings tally of 75. He along with the other team members left for Vadodara.

Jones, who had a short stint under pace guru Dennis Lillee at the MRF pace foundation in Chennai last month, said because of the huge temperature difference between England andIndia it was always good to spend more time on the field to get adjusted to the hot conditions in India.

"It's minus two back home and it's like 35 over here. It's a big difference and the sooner you guage the better," he said.

"It's hot and going to get hotter. It's your summer. The more time we spend on the field, the better for us," he said.

First Published: Feb 21, 2006 17:59 IST