Alan Jones earns England Test cap No. 696 for 1970 match against Rest of the World

The ECB have moved to right one of the great injustices of the game by presenting Alan Jones with a Test cap.

Jones, the former Glamorgan opening batsman, appeared for England against the Rest of the World side in 1970. At the time the games were considered by all involved as authentic Tests and the Rest of the World side contained many of the finest players of the age: Sir Gary Sobers, Rohan Kanhai, Graeme Pollock, Mike Procter, Barry Richards et al.

But the series, which replaced the scheduled one against South Africa, was subsequently downgraded in status by the ICC. As a result, Jones, who never played for England again, lost his standing as a Test player. While the story that he was asked to return his England cap, blazer and jumper is not true – “I have them at home,” he said, “they look as good as new; I’ve hardly worn them!” – he admitted the decision to rid the match of Test…

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