For England fans, it’s near impossible to get sick of talking about the 2005 Ashes and its impact on cricket in this country.
Former Three Lions wicketkeeper Geraint Jones played a key part in that success and, on the latest episode of The Shackles Are Off podcast, he provided us with some insight into coach Duncan Fletcher’s mindset ahead of that legendary series.
It’s worth remembering that ahead of 2005, England had gone nearly 30 years without an Ashes victory and that they were to play host to a side full of Aussie greats.
We hardly have to remind you of the result but Fletcher’s men got the job done and Jones’ performances with both bat and gloves were key to the triumph.
Whether it was that diving catch to remove Michael Kasprowicz at Edgbaston or a battling 85 alongside Freddie Flintoff in the go-ahead victory at Trent Bridge, the former Kent man produced some outstanding moments and certainly outplayed opposition keeper Adam Gilchrist.
Speaking on the latest episode of The Shackles Are Off podcast, Jones discussed his selection for the series and provided an insight into Fletcher’s approach.
He said: “You still had the selection but I pretty much knew because we’d been to South Africa and had an incredible series win over there.
“I’d done my usual. I’d had a bit of a topsy-turvy tour. I’d scored some runs and had some good things. That’s how I judged myself, did I contribute to the team?
“That’s where Duncan Fletcher went with me because he liked what I brought to the team. I was really lucky there that personality was picked as much as skills.
“Fletch was building up to 2005, that was his thing. He was picking a team that he felt could take on those Aussie legends and I fitted into that really well.”
Clearly, that was the right approach!
For the full chat with Geraint Jones, check out the latest episode of The Shackles Are Off podcast…