Aaron Jones: The New York-Born Batting Sensation

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Aaron Jones stole the show, leading the USA to a seven-wicket victory over Canada in the T20 World Cup 2024 opener in Dallas on Saturday. He struck an unbeaten 94 off just 40 balls, securing the USA's first-ever T20 World Cup win.

Born on October 19, 1994, in New York to parents of West Indies origin, Jones was eligible to represent the West Indies but always dreamed of playing for the Caribbean nation. Instead, he achieved the notable feat of representing the United States.

In his early days, Jones played alongside current West Indies internationals Shai Hope and Jason Holder, competing against the likes of Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell. After initially dreaming of representing the West Indies, Jones realized his dream partially by playing for the country of his birth. He made his USA debut in 2019 at the age of 24, featuring in a T20I against the United Arab Emirates on March 15, 2019.

Aaron Jones has also participated in various T20 competitions globally, including the Major League Cricket (USA), Bangladesh Premier League, and Caribbean Premier League, playing for teams like the Seattle Orcas, Rangpur Riders, and St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots
 
Aaron Jones equaled the number of sixes Chris Gayle had hit in the inaugural game of the very first T20 World Cup in 2007

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I watched the USA v Canada match where he played beautifully. Proper cricket shots, not just mindless slogging. He is going to go places if he can maintain it few more matches.
 
With their Super Eight berth confirmed in the T20 World Cup, USA vice-captain Aaron Jones has expressed confidence in his team's ability, Jones said at the post-match press conference:

"Definitely looking forward to the challenge for sure. Over the last couple of weeks, we've shown that obviously we could definitely compete and beat some of the full member nations."

"To be honest with you, a lot of people don't really pay much attention to US cricket. Probably the whole world don't already know how much talent we have here and how good the players that we have here are. That could be a little advantage to us, but definitely on any given day, once we play proper cricket, we believe that we can beat any team in the world for sure."

"It's a big thing for us, to be honest. Over the last couple of years, we've been speaking about playing in the World Cup, playing more games against the full member nations and stuff like that. Here we are doing it right now and obviously qualifying for the Super Eights is really good."

"Not only for us right now in the moment, but I think we'll qualify for the 2026 World Cup as well, it's a big thing for us. It is really good for us, and not only for us, but the fans around America as well. We really appreciate them for sure and not only for the fans but for the younger generation in America as well is really good."

"I think for the boys we want to play as much cricket as possible and we would love to play more cricket against the full member nations. That's where we're going to test ourselves best against the best in the world. So definitely let's see how it goes but we really and truly will love that for sure."
 
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