Matthew Hoggard was not sheepish one bit!

Wales, like New Zealand, is a land known for sheep. Much of Wales is rural countryside and sheep are a very common feature in the landscape throughout the country. Sheep farming accounted for 20% of agriculture in Wales.

Simon Jones, the former England fast bowler whose promising international career came to an unfortunate end because of an injury, is from Wales — a fact that has made him the subject of some good-natured ribbing from team-mates.

Matthew Hoggard, another England fast bowler, used to phone Jones and leave messages on the an the answering machine of him bleating like a sheep. “One was two minutes long! And I sat and wasted my time listening to it!” Jones said.

Whatever Hoggard may say, Jones was ranked ninth — the highest placed sportsman — in February 2006 in a poll of the world’s sexiest men, voted for by readers of New Woman magazine.