Steffan Jones' search for cricket stars of future warmly endorsed
A former Somerset cricketer has turned his attentions to developing future stars, gaining the backing of some of the sport’s greats in the process.
As a fast bowler for Somerset, Northamptonshire and Derbyshire, Steffan Jones built up a reputation as one of cricket’s most-dedicated performers and trainers.
Now having chosen to step down from the full-time game, the Welshman has launched his own coaching business SJ Enhancing Performance.
He has already received testimonials from the likes of Somerset captain and former England opening batsmen Marcus Trescothick and ex-Australia test star Justin Langer.
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Mr Trescothick attributes his climb to the international arena on Mr Jones, while Mr Langer said: “Throughout my career I played with more talented or skilled cricket players than Steffan Jones but there were few who I played with who were more committed to excellence than Steff was.”
Thirty-eight-year-old Mr Jones, who will hold an academy at Wellington School next month, said strength was an important part of maximising performance.
“You have to get stronger,” he said. “Getting stronger will make you more powerful and getting more powerful will get you quicker. The game is all about speed – T20, one-day cricket and CB40.
“If you get strong, powerful and quick it will improve your performance and stop you getting injured.
“I trained harder than any other cricketer in the world and I will stand by that but I also know the old-fashioned method bowl-to-get-fit does not necessarily work. You have to get gym-fit first and then match-fit. It is not one or the other, you have to combine them and show balance.”
Now with minor county Dorset, Mr Jones said he was also looking at inviting overseas cricketers to Somerset for pre-season training camps.