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  • Published: 2 July 2015
  • ISBN: 9781473523548
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

The Test

My Life, and the Inside Story of the Greatest Ashes Series


Former England bowler Simon Jones takes you back to relive the drama of the 2005 Ashes - the greatest series of all time - on the pitch and inside the dressing room, and reveals the raw truth behind international sport

Winner of the Wisden Book of the Year

Eighteen years, eight series, eight defeats. These are the facts. I look around the room. We’re a young team. Strauss, Flintoff, Vaughan, the new guy, Kevin Pietersen. None of us remember England holding the Ashes. We are a generation that have grown up in Australia’s shadow.

In 2005 Simon Jones took part in the greatest Ashes series of all time. As a devastating fast bowler in a brave young England team, Jones went toe to toe with the might of the seemingly unbeatable Australians. Over the course of fifty-four days Simon would experience the greatest highs of his career, and plunge to the lowest depths. The series would change his life for ever.

In chapters that alternate between an unforgettable, insider's account of each of the five Tests and the remainder of his life, Simon presents the raw and unvarnished truth behind international sport; the joy and the sacrifice, the physical and mental cost and the unrelenting pressure. Heroes emerge, and cricketing legends are made human.

  • Published: 2 July 2015
  • ISBN: 9781473523548
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

About the author

Simon Jones

Simon Jones MBE 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. He subsequently fought for eight years to return to the top level despite a series of further setbacks. Now retired, he lives in Cardiff with his wife Justine and his two young sons.

Praise for The Test

I can’t think of an England player that every supporter and player would have loved to see more with the three lions on his chest. Simon was right up there with the best that I was fortunate enough to captain.

Michael Vaughan

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 eighteen 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

Profoundly moving

Tom Holland, Daily Telegraph

Exceptional... reminiscent of a mud-and-grit David Peace novel.

David Hamilton, The Wisden Review

[A] brutally honest rollercoaster of an autobiography

Western Morning News

Numerous of the protagonists who took part in the 2005 Ashes have written books – but nothing half as gripping or revelatory as Simon Jones’s account

Tom Holland, Independent

It is one of the most striking cricket autobiographies of recent times

Richard Whitehead, Cricketer

The Test is one of the best [books] you are ever likely to read about that landmark series, or indeed any series… an essential read for all cricket fans

Choice Magazine

An absolutely cracking read, brutally honest, visceral, edge-of-the-seat stuff

five stars, Cricketer

Beautifully written, and brutally honest , memoir…provides a fascinating insight into the occasional highs and all too frequent lows of a professional sportsman’s life.

Choice Magazine

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