Sports Reporter

Chennai: England fast bowler Simon Jones, one of the Ashes heroes, was at the MRF Pace Foundation here on Friday, ahead of his side's tour of India beginning next month.

Jones, along with bowling coach Troy Cooley and three other young English fast bowlers, is in the city for coaching sessions with Australian great Dennis Lillee.

"I've come out here to do a bit of work, from being indoors in England to now take it outdoors," said Jones, who is returning after having three bone spurs in his ankle removed.

The Welshman caught the Australians by surprise in the Ashes with reverse swing, a much-needed art on flat tracks in the subcontinent.

"I picked it (reverse) up in the English Academy, when I just messed around with the ball a bit and found I could swing it the other way."

Jones said bowling to the strong Indian batting line-up would be a challenge.

Cooley, who will return to Australia after the Indian tour, said England missed Jones during the Pakistan series. "He is an important cog in the wheel, and without him the rest had a bit of pressure on them."

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