He certainly qualifies as a fighter after all the flak he took during the 2005 Ashes by the Chris Read media fan club. I can only remember Nasser Hussein backing him because he felt Gerraint could stand the pressure more. Chris Read was a wonderful player but Jonesy did his bit, especially with the Edgbaston 'catch', when he didn't panic, didn't panic.
I felt that he won a lot of people over, especially on Sky, as the seasons passed and he was often praised by them, perhaps they felt a little guilty. There was nothing wrong about preferring Chris Read, but it wasn't Gerraint's fault the selectors opted for him.