London: England's chairman of selectors David Graveny said Glamorgan quick Simon Jones would make his Test debut against India at Lord's on Thursday if first-choice spearhead Darren Gough failed to prove his fitness.
Yorkshire quick Gough is currently playing his first championship match of the season against his county's arch-rivals Lancashire, having so far been restricted to One-day games as he battles to overcome a knee injury. And England is determined not to go into a five-day match with anything less than a fully fit bowling attack confronting the powerful Indian batting line-up in the opening encounter of a four Test series.
"If Darren Gough doesn't come through his match at Headingley, Jones will definitely be playing at Lord's," said Graveney on Sunday. "Nasser Hussain has alluded to the fact that we are going to need something different to the standard English-type bowler if we are going to compete against Australia this winter. "And Simon together with Durham's Steve Harmison are the quickest bowlers we have at our disposal." Jones, 23, is the son of former Glamorgan and England fast bowler Jeff who played 15 Tests between 1964-1968.