County cricket December 15, 2009

Jaques returns to Worcestershire

Cricinfo staff

The Australian batsman Phil Jaques has been confirmed as Worcestershire's overseas player for the first half of the 2010 season, subject to the usual clearances.

Jaques, who played for Worcestershire in 2006 and 2007, has recently returned from injury and is currently rediscovering his form in the Sheffield Shield for New South Wales.

"I'm thrilled to be coming back to Worcestershire CCC in what is seen as a rebuilding year for the club," said Jaques. "I'm keen to not only lead the way with the bat but also help the talented group of young players find their feet in the first-class game and hopefully taste success during the season."

Worcestershire's director of cricket, Steven Rhodes, said: "Signing a player of Phil's class and expertise is undoubtedly a terrific boost for the club for the first part of the season. He is a magnificent run-scorer at the top of the order who scored a century in his last Test for Australia.

"Phil's career first-class average of 53.11 compares more than favourably with Graeme Hick which proves what a top-class player he is. He will give both experience and a winning attitude to our cricket in 2010."

Jaques is expected to arrive in time for the county's first match against Middlesex on April 9.