Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Thursday signed former England cricketer Steffan Jones as their fast bowling coach for the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) next year.Jones has coached at Derbyshire and Somerset and is currently director of Sports Performance and Wellbeing at Wellington School in Somerset. He was also a part-time scout for Surrey.Jones worked with the likes of Stuart Broad and Dan Christian during his short coaching stint with Big Bash League’s team Hobart Hurricanes last year.Jones was regarded highly as a fast bowler playing for several counties in a career spanning 14 years.Commenting on his appointment, Jones said: “It is a privilege for me to get this role and work with one of the best T20 teams in the world. Rajasthan Royals have a great culture of unearthing new talent and developing its cricketers which I am excited to be a part of.””I am really looking forward to this opportunity to work with an extremely talented group of fast bowlers,” the 44-year-old added.Meanwhile, Royals’ Head of Cricket Zubin Bharucha said: “Jones thinks differently, and that is what we love at the Royals. His research into other sports is extremely interesting and his data and sports science focus meant he was a perfect fit for RR.””Steffan brings in a fresh perspective to the art of fast bowling and we are excited to have him at Rajasthan Royals,” Bharucha said.Jones represented English counties like Somerset, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire and Kent since making his first-class debut in 1997. He finished with 387 wickets in 148 matches at an average of 36.87. He has 10 five-wicket hauls and one 10-wicket haul.advertisement
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea No2 Zola: Ampadu has very important future hereby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea No2 Gianfranco Zola admits they’re delighted with the progress of Ethan Ampadu.Ahead of facing FA Cup opponents Nottingham Forest today, Zola discussed the teen.Ampadu committed his future to Stamford Bridge in September with a new five-year deal and assistant manager Zola stated he is highly rated at the club.The Blues legend said: “Ampadu is… when we spoke about Ampadu, me and a lot of staff, everybody shares the same opinion: he’s going to become an important player for this club.”He has intelligence, he has attitude. He has all the, in my opinion, qualities to become a top player. As a staff we value him a lot and when there is an opportunity he will get time.”
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