County news April 19, 2012

Jaques' registration cleared for Yorkshire

ESPNcricinfo staff

Phil Jaques, the former Australia batsman, has had his registration as a non-overseas player for Yorkshire cleared by the ECB but was unable to resume his county career when rain washed out the opening day against Essex at Headingley.

Jaques, who has scored 2477 first-class at 61.92 runs for Yorkshire in his previous spells with the county, had a meeting on Monday where the paperwork was completed and now cannot play cricket in Australia except at club level.

"It is quite a while now since I played for Yorkshire and I am really excited to get back into it," he said. "There are a lot of good players at the club and I hope that I can help to get Yorkshire back into the Division One of the Championship where they belong."

Jaques was looking forward to working with former Australia team-mate Jason Gillespie, Yorkshire's new coach, to turn the team's fortunes around. "He was a senior player when I first got into Australia's side and we will be in similar roles now," he said.

While Jaques' situation was good news for Yorkshire, events across the Atlantic in the Caribbean have created difficulties in completing the signing of Mitchell Starc, Australia's left-arm fast bowler, who is lined up to bolster their bowling resources.

It had been hoped that Starc would be able to make his debut on May 9 against Gloucestershire but injuries to James Pattinson and Peter Siddle during the current Test series against West Indies mean that he could now be recalled for the third Test in Dominica next week. That, in turn, could impact when Cricket Australia are willing to release him for a county stint, although he has had little cricket recently.

Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire's director of cricket, hopes to have a clearer picture when the Test series is complete.

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  • Andrew on April 20, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    I was hoping Jaques would do well on his return, although I thought his best years were well & truely behind him. What's he go & do? A century on return! Long season to go, however, I would just like to point out that the last 2 seasons in the Shield his ave was 34 then 24.

  • paul on April 20, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Yes we went back to just about Yorkshire grown talent last year and we got demoted. We've got the least amount of foreign players in the side out of all the Counties anyway so it's hardly a problem . Our batting last season though was embarrassing, add to that Jacques was one of my favorite overseas players we've had at Headingley, it's all good as far as I can see to have him back, even if he isn't counted as overseas now.

  • Jason on April 20, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    @AdrianVanDenStael, I think its more that you see players from overseas taking places from up and coming talent, Moin Ashraf being a prime example, surely its best to give him a run in the side rather than an Aussie, When was the last time a UK cricketer played in the aussie FC Shield side? when was the last timea county player played in the Ranji, or any other Foreign domestic game? Yet England are expected to take in players from around the world and let them gain experience in english conditions, The last time an Indian player was in the CC they beat us, the last 2 years has seen a shortage of indian players and guess what we beat them. See a pattern?

  • Kenso on April 20, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    @fredboycott... if Jacques truly is as yorkshire as yorkshire pudding why did he swear allegiance to australia? As an aussie im very jealous of the county english season such a good domestic comp with a fair amount of overseas talent for both the fans and the domestic players to learn from. Always enjoy checking our sports results pages for fringe australian players scoring big runs in england

  • Michael on April 20, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    @pepsi: Well, don't ask me to defend attitudes I don't really understand. It's only a few years ago I recall Darren Gough virtually getting a standing ovation from a Yorkshire audience for suggesting the county should go back to the rule of only playing players born from within the county (even though the concurrent rule would have prevented Gough from returning to Yorkshire after he played for another county). I disagree with Gough; but it seems a lot of people agree with him.

  • Jason on April 20, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    @FredBoycott, becareful comparing him to yorkshire pudding, the second holiest of puddings, next to Rhubarb crumble....

  • Dummy4 on April 20, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    I'm all for raising the standard of county cricket. Frankly I don't have any problem with where the county players come from as long as there continues to be opportunities for potential England players to develop. You never know, they might learn a thing or two from him. Although won't be so pleased when he scores a hundred against Northants this season.

  • Fred on April 20, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    Wollongong is just outside Morley and within Yorkshire's famous Rhubarb Triangle. Phil Jaques' grandfather was one of the early pioneers of Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb. If anybody deserves the accolade of non-overseas player it is Jaques.

    Phil Jaques speaks with a strong Yorkshire accent and learnt his cricket using three dead ferrets as wickets. He is as Yorkshire as Yorkshire Pudding. Don't listen to the knockers Jaques, get thee' head down and digin'.

  • pepsi on April 20, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    @AdrianVanDenStael I can't see why.. He's a prolific run scorer and a very genuine bloke. he's experienced, has a level 3 in coaching and is now fit...

  • Dummy4 on April 19, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    Australian yet a local Yorkshire man!

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