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Jones tips England to win Ashes

Geraint Jones
Jones has scored well for Kent with the bat this season

England's Ashes-winning wicketkeeper Geraint Jones believes Andrew Strauss' side can repeat the feat of 2005 and beat Australia on home soil.

"I think England have a great chance," the 32-year-old told BBC Radio Kent.

"I am quite excited for them as a team because I do feel the Australians are there for the taking.

"I think the two teams are evenly matched and there will be some moments throughout the series that make it or break it for one team."

With many iconic players, like Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Adam Gilchrist, missing from the 2005 side, Jones thinks England's experience over a young Australia side could prove crucial.

"There's some mature guys in there now, who have played some good test cricket," the Kent keeper said.

"Kevin Pietersen - he's always up for the fight and the big occasion and he loves a stage to perform, and this is the biggest stage there is.

"As for the bowling unit, Jimmy Anderson is bowling probably the best he has in his life.

"But they do need to gel together and really embrace what the Ashes are about.

"Hopefully the crowd and the nation does the same - similar to what it did in 2005 because it definitely gave us a boost."

After some poor batting displays, Jones was dropped as England's wicketkeeper in mid-2006, in favour of Chris Read.

Although he admits a re-call is unlikely, he said he has not given up on his England hopes, after some impressive displays with the bat for Kent this season.

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McGrath expects Aussie whitewash
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The Ashes: The wicketkeepers
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01 Jun 09 |  Kent
Gilchrist sees Ashes as open duel
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