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Seamer Jones defends reverse swing

"Those who say reverse swing is not possible without ball-tampering know nothing," he says.

india Updated: Oct 09, 2006 14:29 IST

Injured England paceman Simon Jones has mounted a passionate defence of the mysterious art of reverse swing.

The Glamorgan paceman proved himself one of cricket's great reverse swing bowlers last summer when his devastating wicket-taking spells helped England snatch the Ashes.

But the ball-tampering row in the fourth Test between England and Pakistan at The Oval in August has led to some commentators questioning the legality of the delivery.

"People who say reverse swing is not possible without ball-tampering obviously know nothing about cricket," Jones told the 'Western Mail' newspaper.

"Have they ever bowled with a ball that's reversing? Have they ever bowled with a normal ball?

"If people make big statements they should be able to back them up. But I ignored those stories because I know what I did was legal.

"I would never do anything outside the laws of the game. And, anyway, how could you get away with scuffing the ball?

"In the Ashes series there was something like 40-odd cameras on the ground. You'd be picked up straight away if you tried something."

Jones will be unable to torment the Aussies again as a knee injury has ruled him out of the Ashes series which starts in November, but he has not allowed his absence to dampen his enthusiasm for the sport.

First Published: Oct 01, 2006 12:00 IST