Australia news January 31, 2012

Jaques retires from Australian cricket

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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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  • andrew-schulz 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.

  • Busie1979 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.

  • hhillbumper 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

  • spence1324 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?

  • 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.

  • Potatis 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.

  • Meety 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!

  • Busie1979 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.

  • 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!

  • the_wallster 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.

  • andrew-schulz 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.

  • Busie1979 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.

  • hhillbumper 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

  • spence1324 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?

  • 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.

  • Potatis 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.

  • Meety 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!

  • Busie1979 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.

  • 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!

  • the_wallster 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.

  • katandthat3 on January 31, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Always disappointing when you see talented cricketers have their career cut down or disrupted by injury. Would have been great to see Jaques have a proper crack at it as his record is very impressive. He can be proud to have a FC record like his even though his Test career was shorter than it should have been. All the best Jaquesy. Same for Mark Cameron & Brad Knowles who have hung up the boots earlier than expected due to injury. Speaking of injuries hope Cummins, Paine, Triffitt, Watto, Pattinson, Bollinger and Yuraj Singh get back on the field sooner rather than later. Mitch Johnson too although I think more for ODI's as his record indicates.

  • inefekt on January 31, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    So, how long before he gets his England cap?

  • anver777 on January 31, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Already so many SA born playing for Eng...... they got another option & now they can target a Aussie Jaques for a change !!!!!

  • Chris_Howard on January 31, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    A good run of form and will we see come knocking at his door?

  • RoJayao on January 31, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    Not sure why he wouldn't still play for NSW but good luck to him. His back injury and subsequent absence from the Aussie team where he'd established himself as a good opener, was a contributing factor in Australia's fall from no.1 in tests as he was never adequately replaced. It's still an issue.

  • I1tohalfsecs on January 31, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    i dont like how this guy never got a second chance

  • SamAsh07 on January 31, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    He was great for the 11 tests he played...guess fate had a different road for him. Sad to see him go.

  • on January 31, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Met Phil on a number of occasions,as well as a top player, a real gentleman. His back injury certainly put his career on hold. He told me of the treatment and procedure he experienced during his lay off, wow, a real credit to you my friend. Best of luck for your future at Yorkshire.

  • SirBobJones on January 31, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Don't go Jaques, you should have been in the Aussie side a long time ago...stay and finish your career where it began.

  • Meety on January 31, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    Oz crickets luck certainly ran out about 5 to 10 years ago when it came to injuries. I really liked Jaques & thought he was the real deal & could of been playing Test right up until now had it not been for the injury. Doesn't say whether he'll play BBL.

  • VillageBlacksmith on January 31, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    crikey... another aussie cricketer with a foreign passport...

  • chad_reid on January 31, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    injury destroyed his career he would have been an awesome player for aus he also did well in odis

  • on January 31, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    could have been the Aussies opener instead of Cowan or Katich but for the back injury...sad to see him bowing out at such an young age...all the best for his future

  • gilbert84 on January 31, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    Sloppy, sloppy. Phil Jaques made more than 13000 first class runs and not all of them for NSW.

  • Kolpak1989 on January 31, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    Unluckiest bloke. Good luck Jacquesy.

  • on January 31, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    i remember he got 99 in his deubt ODI againts SA?

  • CapeTownSummer on January 31, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    from reading the caption on the home page my initial thought was that Kallis had conceded to the Aussies and would no longer be eligible for future matches/tours against them. now that woulda been something!

  • satish619chandar on January 31, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Was supposed to be the next best thing.. Ousted to pave way for Hughes and then not at all noticed.. Counties ll use him well .

  • nova87 on January 31, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    Saddened to hear an injury cut short anyones career. Goodluck Jaques

  • on January 31, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    sad really sad, im not a big fan of most Australians guys like Ponting and Haddin have always drove me up the wrong way but its dissapointing to hear about this Jacques was actually a fairly decent player and he would have made his debut alot earlier had it not been for the form of Langer and Hayden. Well i hope he has a good career.

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  • on January 31, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    sad really sad, im not a big fan of most Australians guys like Ponting and Haddin have always drove me up the wrong way but its dissapointing to hear about this Jacques was actually a fairly decent player and he would have made his debut alot earlier had it not been for the form of Langer and Hayden. Well i hope he has a good career.

  • nova87 on January 31, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    Saddened to hear an injury cut short anyones career. Goodluck Jaques

  • satish619chandar on January 31, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Was supposed to be the next best thing.. Ousted to pave way for Hughes and then not at all noticed.. Counties ll use him well .

  • CapeTownSummer on January 31, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    from reading the caption on the home page my initial thought was that Kallis had conceded to the Aussies and would no longer be eligible for future matches/tours against them. now that woulda been something!

  • on January 31, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    i remember he got 99 in his deubt ODI againts SA?

  • Kolpak1989 on January 31, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    Unluckiest bloke. Good luck Jacquesy.

  • gilbert84 on January 31, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    Sloppy, sloppy. Phil Jaques made more than 13000 first class runs and not all of them for NSW.

  • on January 31, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    could have been the Aussies opener instead of Cowan or Katich but for the back injury...sad to see him bowing out at such an young age...all the best for his future

  • chad_reid on January 31, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    injury destroyed his career he would have been an awesome player for aus he also did well in odis

  • VillageBlacksmith on January 31, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    crikey... another aussie cricketer with a foreign passport...