Where are they now? Jamie Cox

The last man to lift a trophy at Lord’s for Somerset was Jamie Cox after he led the team to victory in the Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy in September 2001.

The top order Tasmanian batsman was virtually unknown in this country when he arrived to take over the captaincy of Somerset in 1999, but he was an immediate success.

Jamie, who was 29 when he arrived, scored a century in his first innings and later scored a double century plus an unbeaten 129 against Hampshire at Southampton in the same match.

At the end of his first season he topped the Somerset batting averages with 1617 runs at an average of 57.75. he scored six hundreds that year. He also led Somerset to Lord’s in that first season where we were beaten by local rivals Gloucestershire.

In 2001 Somerset returned to Lord’s where they triumphed over Leicestershire whilst in the County Championship they finished second to Yorkshire.

Jamie remained with Somerset until the end of the 2004 season when he returned home to his native Tasmania.

During the six seasons he spent in Taunton the quiet Aussie played in 91 First Class matches in which he scored 6688 runs at an average of 47.43 with 17 centuries including a best of 250 against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge. He topped 1000 runs in a season on four occasions.

We caught up with the former captain recently and he reflected on his Somerset Years. “Helen and I often talk about how lucky we were to spend six years in Somerset,” he said. “We loved every minute of it. It’s just a shame it came to an end.

“We loved our time there and an obvious highlight was that wonderful day at Lord’s when we won the cup in 2001. We still have very fond memories of our time over there.

“They were amazing days in Taunton. It was just terrific and I can’t say enough good things about it. The six years there went so fast but we had such a wonderful time. I think we probably won more than we lost in those years. We probably could have walked away with a little bit more success than we got ultimately. However to walk away with a trophy was very pleasing and when you run into those guys who played, those memories come flooding back.

“I have got very fond memories and I absolutely adore the place. I was an Aussie in England and probably lucky to get early runs but people backed me very quickly and there wasn’t a day when I didn’t love playing cricket there. They were a great bunch of blokes to play with.

“I never got to the chance to play for my country but to get to go to England and try to prove my credentials in front of a whole new group of fans and players was what probably kept me going for a bit longer. They were good times.”

Jamie also talked about his time after leaving Taunton.

“When I left Somerset I played for another two seasons back in Australia,” he said. “After that we packed up and I went to work for the Australian Institute of Sport where I was involved with the build up to the Bejing Olympics.”

Jamie then worked for the South Australian Cricket Association from 2008 until 2014 since when he has worked as General Manager – Football Performance at AFL club St Kilda based in Melbourne. “I’ve been here now since January 2015,” he said. “I’m pretty happy with my job and I love being involved with the performance side of it still.”

He may live on the other side of the world but Jamie still keeps in touch. “I still follow Somerset on-line as much as I can and keep up to date with any stories flying around,” he explained. “It’s no surprise to me that Marcus Trescothick is still playing. He is a cricket lunatic! He’s got a pretty strong body so nothing will dowse Banger’s love for the game.

“The chase for the Championship is almost becoming a curse and Somerset can’t get much closer without winning one. We came runners up in 2000 when I was there and we have got a few second places chalked up. It was painful to watch it unfold last year on-line.”

Jamie added: “We will certainly be coming back over to Taunton to catch up with everyone again. It’s just a matter of sorting out a time to do it. In the meantime regards to all!”

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