Who Is Aaron Jones? A talented cricketer’s Record-Setting knock of 94* in the T20 World Cup Opener?

Aaron Jones a 29-year-old American opening batsman for Canada, created a sensation by scoring an unbeaten 94 runs from 40 balls (including 4 fours and 10 sixes) for his team United States in the T20 World Cup 2024 opening match against Canada in Grand Prairie Stadium, Dallas. Interestingly, Jones reached his half-century in just 22 balls and recorded the fastest-ever fifty by any North American batter in T20Is.

Additionally, Andries Gous’ 65 runs from 46 balls (including 7 fours and 3 sixes) supported Aaron’s knock and propelled the United States to a successful run chase by scoring 197-3 in just 17.3 overs.

Also, the target of 195 runs was the highest successful chase for the United States in T20 international cricket so far.

Before finding out the exceptional records set by the American right-handed batter, you would be curious to find out who Aaron Jones is and his rise in international cricket.

Who is Aaron Jones? How did he gain fame in International Cricket?

Aaron Jones, a New York-born middle-order batsman, made his List-A debut in January 2016 for Barbados in the West Indies. Later, he changed his citizenship in 2018 to play for the United States cricket team. In his debut game, he played along with Jason Holder and Shai Hope and clashed against the West Indies skipper Rovman Powell and Nicholas Pooran.

In October 2018, Jones secured a spot in the USA national team to participate in the third division of the ICC World Cricket League tournament in Oman and delivered an impressive performance by scoring 200 runs in 5 innings with 2 half-centuries. Within a short time, he rapidly became the core player of the US middle-order batting unit.

Aaron Jones’s rise in international cricket:

One of the best knocks of Aaron Jones’s was during the 2019 ICC World Cricket League Division Two. Aaron scored an unbeaten century of 103 runs from 124 balls (including 9 fours and 2 sixes) against the host nation Namibia, which was indeed his first international century. As a result, his exceptional knock helped the United States solidify their ODI status by finishing in the top four of the points table (ranked in 3rd position).

On 15th March 2019, Aaron Jones made his international debut by playing the first T20I match for the United States against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and later made his ODI debut on 27th April 2019 against Papua New Guinea.

Later, in 2021, Aaron was selected to the New Jersey Somerset Cavaliers team for the inaugural edition of the Minor League Cricket (MLC)  and eventually got selected for the MLC draft in the subsequent season. In 2023, he was acquired by the  Seattle Orcas, who concluded as the runner-up in the season and will be playing in the opening match of the Major Cricket League 2024 on July 6 against MI New York.

A few months later, Jones was appointed as the vice-captain of the US national cricket team. Till now, Aaron played 27 T20I matches and scored 478 runs in 25 innings, which includes his recent highest score of 94 runs against Canada in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024.

Aaron Jones T20I Records: United States vs Canada T20 World Cup 2024 Opener

Batting at the Number 4 position, Aaron Jones not only registered the highest score of his T20I career, but also achieved several record-setting moments during the match, and the special ones are listed below:

1. Second-highest individual score for the USA batsman in T20Is:

Aaron Jones ranks at the second position after Steven Taylor in the list of batters to achieve the highest individual score for the USA in T20Is:

  • Steven Taylor: *101 runs from 55 balls vs Jersey in 2022 
  • Aaron Jones: *94 runs from 40 balls vs Canada in 2024
  • Steven Taylor: 72 runs from 39 balls vs UAE in 2019
  • Monank Patel: 68 runs from 35 balls vs Canada in 2024

2. Maximum Sixes by any batter in T20 World Cup Innings:

Aaron Jones struck the 3rd most sixes by any batter in T20 World Cup innings after the former West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle

  • Chris Gayle (WEST INDIES): 11 sixes vs England in 2016.
  • Chris Gayle (WEST INDIES): 10 sixes vs South Africa in 2007.
  • Aaron Jones (USA): 10 sixes vs Canada in 2024.
  • Rilee Rossouw (SOUTH AFRICA): 8 sixes vs Bangladesh in 2022.

Interestingly, Jones became the second batter with the most sixes on a T20 World Cup debut ranking behind Chris Gayle on the list, who smashed 11 sixes in his first season in 2007.

3. Highest strike rate for batters in T20 World Cup match (30+ balls Faced):

Aaron Jones surpassed the lifetime record of former Indian left-handed batter Yuvraj Singh’s record by achieving the highest strike rate in a T20 World Cup match:

PlayerTeamOpponent TeamStrike RateYear
Aaron JonesUSACanada2352024
Yuvraj SinghINDIAAustralia2332007
Ab de VilliersSOUTH AFRICAScotland232.352009
Curtis CampherIRELANDScotland225.002022
Glenn MaxwellAUSTRALIAPakistan224.242014

4. Highest partnership for the USA in T20 internationals (T20Is):

The 131-run partnership between Andries Gous and Aaron Jones is the highest for the USA in T20 internationals:

  • 131 runs: Andries Gous and Aaron Jones in 2024.
  • 110 runs: Sushant Modani and Gajanand Singh vs Ireland in 2021.
  • 104 runs: Monank Patel and Steven Taylor vs Canada in 2024.
  • 104 runs: Nitish Kumar and Corey Anderson vs Canada in 2024.

5. Highest partnership for 3rd wicket in T20 World Cups:

Aaron Jones and Andries Gous achieved the second-highest partnership for the 3rd wicket in T20 World Cups:

  • 152 runs (ENGLAND):  Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales vs Sri Lanka in 2014
  • 131 runs (USA):  Aaron Jones and Andries Gous vs Canada in 2024.
  • 120 runs (SOUTH AFRICA): Herschelle Gibbs and Justin Kemp vs West Indies in 2007.
  • 118 (AUSTRALIA): Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch vs Pakistan in 2014.
  • 109 (BANGLADESH): Aftab Ahmed and Mohammad Ashraful vs West Indies in 2007.

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