England opt for Jones as wicketkeeper

 
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SYDNEY, Nov 12 (Reuters) England coach Duncan Fletcher said Geraint Jones would be his team's wicketkeeper in the first Ashes test against Australia in Brisbane next week.

Jones was a member of England's victorious Ashes side in 2005 but lost his place this year to Chris Read who is also in the touring party.

''Fred (Captain Andrew Flintoff) and myself had a good meeting yesterday and we decided we're going to go into the test with Jones,'' Fletcher told reporters after the first day's play of the tour match against New South Wales today.

''It was just on the batting front,'' Fletcher added. ''At this stage we're convinced that Jones will be a better prospect for batting at number seven.'' Jones did not take a catch or make a stumping as New South Wales reached 325 for five, though he kept wicket tidily enough.

REUTERS SAM PM1415

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