The Full Toss talks to Simon Jones

Last week I had the pleasure of talking to Ashes favourite Simon Jones. I picked his brains about that famous series in 2005, his new book The Test and England’s chances against Australia this summer.

We also asked him for his thoughts on Kevin Pietersen, who has remained a good friend of Simon’s since that iconic Ashes series ten years ago. He had some interesting things to say, not least because he’s mates with Andrew Strauss too.

You can hear the full interview below on our fledgling YouTube channel.

I won’t go into too much detail in this post – you’ll have to listen to the interview –  but Simon thinks English cricket is in a good place at the moment. He’s hopeful that this summer’s Ashes will be close and England will compete well.

He also makes some interesting observations about that brilliant 2005 England side and what made it so special. After hearing all the negative things about the dressing room in recent years, it’s good to reminisce about a time when the players got on famously.

When it comes to KP, Simon is generally supportive of his old mate. He says he has ‘immense respect’ for Pietersen and calls him ‘a true friend’ in the acknowledgements section of his book. The term ‘fruit fly’ was obviously conspicuous by its absence.

Simon’s book itself is well worth a read. It tells the story of the 2005 Ashes from inside the dressing room, with chapters about his life and career interspersed between accounts of the individual test matches.

Obviously the chapters about the Ashes are always fun to read – I never tire of watching and reading about those famous matches – but the parts of the book I found most interesting were the one’s discussing Simon’s injury woes.

The book really conveys the frustration and misery that serious injuries cause sportsmen. It’s not just the maddening inability to play, but also the mental scars and the professional and financial insecurities that result.

Simon obviously spent a long time getting himself fit, playing through niggling injuries, and then suffering further debilitating setbacks. Did you know that he played through considerable pain in 2005 too?

Overall one gets the impression of a hugely talented, determined young man, who suffered incredible professional hardships and never really fulfilled his considerable promise as a result.

Yet the overriding message is undoubtedly a positive one: being part of such a remarkable Ashes winning team made all the bad days and sheer bad luck worthwhile.

James Morgan


Simon Jones’s The Test is available to buy now. He’s also appearing at the Nottingham Playhouse on 8th July to talk about The Greatest Ashes Series of All TimeThe event is being chaired by BBC Radio Nottingham presenter, John Holmes.

2015-10-30T10:22:01+00:00July 1st, 2015|Interviews, News, PakvEng2015|9 Comments


  1. Sherwick July 1, 2015 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    sll I have to say is thank you Simon.

  2. admin July 1, 2015 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    I think you speak for all of us 🙂

    Jones was excellent in that series. So sad to think that Trent Bridge was his last ever test. The book is interesting because he used to be much quicker in his youth. There were players in opposing dressing rooms throwing up at the prospect of facing him when he first played for Glamorgan.

  3. jennyah46 July 1, 2015 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    Thanks James to both you and Simon. Interesting interview and great new feature. Will be looking forward to more. Lovely to be able to put a voice to your name 🙂

  4. Arron Wright July 2, 2015 at 10:01 am - Reply

    That. Is. Very. Good.

  5. James Morgan July 2, 2015 at 10:29 am - Reply

    Thanks Jenny & Arron. He seemed like a genuine guy on the phone. He’s been doing the media rounds recently to push his new book (which is fair enough of course) so I tried to ask him a few different types of questions, although obviously I asked the obvious stuff about 2005 etc too. By the way, this is the first time I’ve ever heard my voice ‘on air’. I don’t sound like that, do I?!! 🙂

  6. Leg Slip July 2, 2015 at 10:31 am - Reply

    Brilliant interview, thanks to both of you! looking forward to reading the book. One of your opening questions got me wondering about how a composite XI of the 2005 and 2010/11 sides would look… Here’s my two cents:

    Vaughan (c)
    Bell (2011 version!)

    Very difficult to leave out Strauss 2005 after he scored two invaluable centuries, but Cook was different gravy in the series Down Under and I think Tres makes a better foil. Pretty sure he was also the second highest scorer behind KP.
    Again, wanted to find a place for Trott who was a rock at 3. Would probably put him ahead of Vaughan as a pure batter but MV’s captaincy skills get him in.
    Personally think the rest of the side picks itself, there’s maybe a bit of debate over Tremlett vs Harmison. Am also unsure over which Pietersen to choose, he was pretty damn good in both. I guess his fielding was better in Australia!

    • Matthew Allatt July 2, 2015 at 12:35 pm - Reply

      Some good names there. As a unit, England’s pace attack from 2005 was the best we’ve had, so I would want to put them in as a whole, so I’d keep Swann, but Hoggy and Harmy need to go in there. That does mean no Jimmy though.

  7. admin July 2, 2015 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    Cheers Mr Slip. I think I’d go for Trott over Bell, as his overall record against Australia is a bit better. I’d probably go Harmison over Tremlett too, as I’m a sucker for pace! Good side though.

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