3 Nov 2014

Sport: Former England cricketer set to play 50th ODI for PNG

12:21 pm on 3 November 2014

Former England test Cricketer and current Papua New Guinea player Geraint Jones is in line to play his 50th One Day International Match next week when the Barramundis take on Hong Kong in Townsville in PNG's first ever ODI Match.

Jones has just completed his 14th English County Season, playing for Kent and Gloucestershire last season.

He has signed a two year contract with Gloucestershire to be the Captain of the Four-Day Team next season.

Jones, who was born in PNG, has been playing for the Barramundis since the 2012 World T20 Qualifier in the United Arab Emirates and has been involved with the team rising up the world rankings to a high of 16 in the world.

Jones says PNG have been able to climb up the rankings because the guys have been more or less full time cricketers for the last few years.

He says he has seen big improvement in skills and match awareness due to playing more and in different conditions around the world.

Jones made his ODI debut against West Indies at Nottingham in 2004 and played his last ODI for England against Sri Lanka at Leeds in 2006.

He has already played 25 times for PNG.

Geraint Jones, (center), with PNG Barramundi team-mates

Geraint Jones, (center), with PNG Barramundi team-mates Photo: PNG CRICKET