England’s 2005 Ashes Winners: Where Are They Now?

England won the 2005 Ashes Series 2-1, but where are those players now?
The England cricket team celebrate after the 5th Test match against Australia at The Oval in London, 12th September 2005. The match ended in a draw but England won the Ashes series 2-1. Standing (left-right): Paul Collingwood, Kevin Pietersen, Duncan Fletcher (coach), Ian Bell, Simon Jones, Troy Cooley (bowling coach), unknown, Steve Harmison, Matthew Hoggard, Gary Pratt, Matthew Maynard (coach). Front row: Geraint Jones, Andrew Strauss, Ashley Giles, Michael Vaughan (captain, holding the Ashes), Marcus Trescothick and Freddie Flintoff. (Photo by David Munden/Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)

England’s 2005 Ashes Winners – Where Now?

Ever wondered what the old England Cricketers do after they retire? England’s 2005 Ashes winners, where are they now?

Ian Bell ended a 21-year first-class career this week, when the top-order batsmen decided to hang up his boots and with it his iconic cover drive.

Bell went out with a bang, as the 188 times capped England man scored 140 runs in Warwickshire’s final Bob Willis Trophy match with Glamorgan. This, including 90 in the second innings. Certainly form befitting of the man, whilst leaving many questioning why he’s retiring.

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With Bell saying his farewells, that means every member of the victorious and in many ways infamous 2005 Ashes-winning side have now called time on their playing career. So at Last Word On Sports, we thought what better then to check up on them all?

The Openers

Marcus Trescothick retired from County Cricket last year
LONDON – AUGUST 17: Marcus Trescothick (L) of England watches the ball after a shot by Andrew Strauss during day one of the fourth npower test match between England and Pakistan at the Oval on August 17, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Marcus Trescothick

Firstly, the destructive but classy left-hander who put the Aussies to the sword in the series which captured a nation has only recently finished playing, calling quits to his Somerset career in 2019.

Tres has since been helping out the current England senior and Lions side’s as a batting consultant whilst being employed at Taunton as an assistant coach.

Andrew Strauss

Secondly, a captain to be in 2005, Strauss was appointed Director of England cricket and was integral in the reform which has brought great recent successes. Unfortunately in 2018 Strauss resigned from his role to spend much time with his wife Ruth, who sadly passed late that same year.

Currently appears in the Sky Sports Cricket commentary team as well as fronting the Ruth Strauss Foundation.

The Captain

Michael Vaughan appears on Sky Sports. He captained England to the 2005 Ashes Series, where are the rest now?
LEEDS, ENGLAND – MAY 20: Former England batsman Michael Vaughan (c) looks on before day two of the 1st Investec Test match between England and Sri Lanka at Headingley on May 20, 2016 in Leeds, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Michael Vaughan

El Capitano, the inspiration behind the 2005 victory and part of the monumental celebrations that followed. Another who appears on Sky Sports often, sharing his views and experiences with a new generation.

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The Middle-Order

Kevin Pietersen currently works with Sky Sports
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 06: Kevin Pietersen of England leaves the field after getting out during day four of the Second Ashes Test match between Australia and England at Adelaide Oval on December 6, 2010 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

Kevin Pietersen

The enigma that is, despite his off-field critics, and the mess that followed thereafter, during the 2005 Ashes KP was truly sensational. Nobody who witnessed it will ever forget that blistering 158 at the Oval as the outrageous batsman did the unthinkable and took the attack to Lee, Warne, and McGrath.

Seems to have called time on his extended T20 franchise career for a life in commentary boxes. Spends his time looking after the Rhinos. He is doing all he can to stop the Rhinos from being poached.

Paul Collingwood

Never was a more gutsy cricketer seen in world cricket. Played more than his part in the 2005 series, his batting, bowling, and fielding made him a crucial part of the side.

Since returning in 2018 whilst still with Durham, Collingwood has had numerous coaching and support staff roles, most recently with England as fielding coach.

The All-Rounder

Andrew Flintoff, who won the 2005 Ashes series with England is now a TV presenter and guest, where are the others now?
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 20: Former cricketer Freddie Flintoff and former tennis player Tim Henman walk during round three of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club on January 20, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Andrew Flintoff

Freddie, what more can be said that hasn’t already. A truly awe-inspiring all-rounder who always found a way to deliver in the big moments, in the face of many injuries. Well remember for getting the best of Adam Gilchrist in 2005, and the glazed eyed after party.

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Part-time cricket pundit, full-time TV personality. Appeared on almost everything going, most regularly as team captain on A League of Their Own. A real character both on and off the pitch.

The Wicket Keeper

Geraint Jones played for Papa New Guinea and Gloucestershire after his England Cricket Career Ended
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 19: Geraint Jones of Gloucestershire celebrates at the end of the match during the Royal London One Day Cup Final between Gloucestershire and Surrey at Lord’s Cricket Ground on September 19, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

Geraint Jones

An underrated performer who had his moments with the bat, however best remembered for taking the catch to seal the Edgbaston Test match with the Aussies requiring just three to win.

Retired from first-class cricket in July 2015 whilst playing for Gloucestershire. Has since taken up a career in teaching and become a firefighter.

The Bowling Attack

Simon Jones was superb during the 2005 Ashes series until he picked up an injury
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM – AUGUST 12: Simon Jones (C) of England is congratulated by team mates Matthew Hoggard (R) and Stephen Harmison on the wicket of Adam Gilchrist of Australia, during day two of the Third npower Ashes Test between England and Australia played at Old Trafford on August 12, 2005 in Manchester, United Kingdom (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)

Ashley Giles

The King of Spain. Integral to Vaughan’s side whilst rarely taking the headlines, ‘Gilo’ was an ever-present for England during much of his professional career.

Having had spells with Lancashire and Warwickshire as head coach, Giles is now England’s Director of Cricket.

Matthew Hoggard

The Shaggy heard swing bowler was a constant thorn in the Australian left-hander’s side, trapping them LBW time and time again.

After a Celebrity MasterChef appearance, Hoggard now does guest speaking whilst continuing to show off his culinary skills on social media.

Steve Harmison

Thirdly, the searing pace and fearsome bounce, not only the bowler to get England over the line at Edgbaston, perhaps the bowler of the greatest slower ball seen on English soil as he completely bamboozled Michael Clarke.

Went into football management with local side Ashington, now appears regularly on TalkSport.

Simon Jones

Last but not least, Simon Jones. Deserved a better playing career but for injury. Part of the incredible bowling attack which took apart Ricky Pointing’s Australia all summer. Also made Clarke look foolish with a vicious inswinger, left by the future Australian captain, only to be clean bowled.

Retired in 2013 after recovering from numerous injury problems, most recently working as a school coach in Cardiff.

No cricket fan in the world could argue with the quality in that squad, lets start a petition to see a legends match and get the Ashes 2005 rivals back out in the middle.

That concludes our article “Ashes 2005 Winners – where are they now?”

We hoped you enjoyed reading it.

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