Australia news January 31, 2012

Jaques retires from Australian cricket


The opening batsman Phil Jaques, who played 11 Tests for Australia before a serious back injury ended his international career, will retire from first-class cricket in Australia at the end of this summer. Jaques, 32, will continue his career with Yorkshire, where he will be classified as a local player due to his British passport.

His decision will mean the end of a career spanning 12 seasons with New South Wales, for whom he scored 5659 first-class runs at an average of 41.30. He was even more successful in Test cricket, where he made 902 runs at 47.47. Jaques scored three Test centuries, including one in his last innings for Australia, in Barbados in 2008.

Jaques had been given the opening role after the retirement of Justin Langer, and he looked set for a long career in the baggy green. However, he was ruled out of the 2008 tour of India due to a long-standing back injury that required surgery, and he never quite returned to his peak form - or to the Australia side. In the past three seasons in Australia, he has averaged 35.17 in first-class cricket.

"I have made this decision with my family in mind and I'm looking forward to the next chapter of my career," Jaques said. "I've thoroughly enjoyed my time playing cricket for New South Wales and Australia and have always considered it a privilege. I have also made plenty of great friends along the way.

"I hope to remain involved with Cricket NSW in some capacity in the future. My years playing for NSW have helped me to grow as a player and person and I appreciate all of their support I have received over the years. I walk away with no regrets knowing that I have given 100% every time I have walked onto the ground and I will continue to do this until the end of the season."

Jaques played in two successful Pura Cup finals for New South Wales, in 2004-05 and 2007-08, as well as the state's 2005-06 one-day triumph. He scored 2340 one-day runs for the Blues at 39.66, and at one stage held the state record for the highest one-day score, with his unbeaten 171 against Queensland in February 2010.

A regular in the county competition, he has spent time with Yorkshire, Worcestershire and Northamptonshire, but this will be his first season playing as a local player. Jaques was born in Wollongong in New South Wales to English parents, which allowed him to acquire a British passport.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • andrews on February 2, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    Busie 1979, I think you'll find Watson's average as an opener is considerably better than what you are saying. he has been anything but mediocre. To suggest Jaques should have been picked ahead of him, or anybody, since returning from his injury, is seriously misguided.

  • Nick on February 1, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    spence1324 - Gllespie was aboriginal. Which aboriginal cricketer should be picked? English, South Africans and Pakistanis haven't played for Australia in the last 30 years? Get you facts straight mate.

  • stuart on February 1, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    To all the people on here saying he could play for England.No ta. Aussie batsmen especially in the top 3 have a nasty habit of getting rolled far too often for our taste

  • david on February 1, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    This is a joke when will Australia ever pick any real aussies to play for them,they have english, pakistanis and south Africans that play for them all the time.So when will they pick some aboriginal Australians Well when?

  • Dummy4 on February 1, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    @CapeTownSummer, the Caption would've have said Kallis retired from South African cricket. He's still going strong with his age, could play on until 40. Wants to have another go at the Aussies, before he retires for sure.

  • Doug on February 1, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    Sad to see him go. He'll be a superb player for Yorkshire and England, I'm sure.

  • Andrew on February 1, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    @ satish619chandar - read the article - he was injured! He has never regained his form since! @ gilbert84 - yep & the county runs he got were (except his last season) all at some ridiculous average about 60!

  • Nick on January 31, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    I just thought I'd point out that Phil Jaques has 3 test hundreds in 19 innings at an average of 47. Phil Hughes has 3 test hundreds in 32 innings at an average of 34. Warner has 2 test hundreds in 10 innings at an average of 52. Shane Watson has 2 test hundreds in a whopping 58 innings at an average of 38. Cowan has 0 test hundreds in 6 innings at an average of 34.

    Other than Katich, the best openers in tests have clearly been Warner and Jaques. The other guys have been mediocre. Why wasn't Jaques picked once he recovered from injury? His last test he scored a ton against the West Indies.

  • Dummy4 on January 31, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Jaques was sounded out by England longtime back but he was interested in playing for Australia. Now that his is 32 and the last time he played for Australia in 2008 if he has a blinder of a season in England, he may just be the short time replacement for Strauss when he quits! Just a thought as no one English opener is really knocking the test door!

  • Luke on January 31, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    I approve this signing. While we are skint, we need the experience and quality that has been absent since Rudolph left. Although his recent record is average, his UK passport allows us potentially to find an overseas player, at least for the t20. competition.

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