Simon Jones is a former professional cricketer who played for England, Glamorgan, Hampshire and Worcestershire. In 2005 he tore through the Australian batting order, swinging the ball at pace, and inspiring some of England’s greatest ever victories as they regained the Ashes for the first time in almost twenty years. That series he dismissed every single Australian batsman apart from Glenn McGrath, taking 18 wickets at an average of 21. Injury forced him out of the final match at the Oval and prevented him from playing Test cricket again. For the first time he tells his story, and that of the greatest series ever. Written in a compelling and original style, and in collaboration with Jon Hotten, Simon’s book will take you inside the dressing room and show the rigours and intensity of top-level sport like never before. Yellow Jersey Press publish it on the tenth anniversary of that epic summer, as England and Australia contest the Ashes once more.
‘What a player, what a man. Simon was the unsung hero in the 2005 Ashes. His crucial wickets and aggression took us over the winning line.’ Kevin Pietersen
‘Simon Jones only played 18 Test matches, but to me and most England fans he will always be a legend. His bowling during the 2005 series, against the best Australian team in history, was simply magnificent; fast, furious, swinging both ways like a deranged boomerang, and devastatingly successful. A class act.’ Piers Morgan
‘I can’t think of an England player that every supporter and player would have loved to see more with the 3 lions on his chest than Jonesy. He was right up there with the best that I was fortunate to captain.’ Michael Vaughan
Jon Hotten is the author of Muscle: A Writer’s Trip Through a Sport with No Boundaries and The Years of the Locust: A True Story of Murder, Money and Mayhem in the Last Age of Boxing (both Yellow Jersey Press), as well as the popular Old Batsman Blog, which has established him as one of the finest cricket writers around.