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My Life, and the Inside Story of the Greatest Ashes Series – THE TEST by SIMON JONES is out on 28th April 2016

Ten years on from the most memorable cricketing summer of them all, former England Test star Simon Jones takes you behind the scenes of the legendary 2005 Ashes. Honest and open, The Test is a gripping and personal account of the greatest Ashes series of all time.

‘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

‘Simon was the unsung hero of 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 Ashes 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

In 2005 Simon Jones took part in the greatest Ashes series of all time. As a devastatingly fast bowler in a brave, young England Simon Jones - The Testteam, Jones went toe to toe with the might of the seemingly unstoppable Australians. Over the course of fiftyfour days Simon would experience the greatest highs of his career, and plunge to the lowest depth. The series would change his life forever. He reveals the raw truth behind international sport, in an honest and deeply personal account of a great sportsman cut down in his prime.

Ten chapters alternate between the five Tests and Simon’s life story from young talent to injured retirement in which he presents the unvarnished truth behind international sport and what it means to be a sportsman in the public eye; the joy and the sacrifice, the physical and mental cost and the unrelenting pressure. Heroes emerge, and cricketing legends are made human.

In what is arguably the most honest account of life at the top of professional cricket, Jones takes us on the emotional journey of elation at winning the Ashes to the nightmare of losing everything to injury and seeing his dreams snatched from him.

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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 their two young sons.

Simon Jones is available for interview. For further information please contact Anna Redman aredman@penguinrandomhouse.co.uk / 020 7840 8592

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