County news October 1, 2013

Jaques leaves Yorkshire for coaching role

ESPNcricinfo staff

The county career of Phil Jaques, the former Australia batsman, appears to have come to an end after Yorkshire decided to not renew his contract.

Jaques's deal at Headingley expired at the end of the season, following Yorkshire's draw at The Oval, and he will now take up a coaching role back in Australia with club side Sutherland in Sydney. But he may return to play for Yorkshire for part of a season should an opportunity arise.

Jaques, 34, had eight fruitful seasons in county cricket for Northamptonshire, Worcestershire and in two stints at Yorkshire, for whom he was most productive with over 4,000 first-class runs at 51.12.

His father was a Yorkshireman and Jaques embraced the family connection, scoring over 1,000 runs for the White Rose in 2004 and 2005. He returned to Headingley in 2012 playing as a British passport holder and made 792 runs at 44.00 to help Yorkshire win Division Two of the County Championship and scored 770 runs at 36.66 this season as they finished runners up in Division One.

At the time, his decision to play for Yorkshire with a British passport was a big commitment, changing his status to overseas in Australia. But the tweak made to the eligibility of domestic players by Cricket Australia, the "Robson rule", means Jaques could now return to Australia as a home-qualified player.

"He's been a great asset to the club during the two spells that he had with us," Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon said. "He's been invaluable not only on the field but off it as well with our younger players; that was one of the reasons we brought him back to help with our young batsmen in particular.

"Phil talked about batting and passed on his experience, and the lads picked up bits here and there from him. He talked to us about what he saw technically and whether things needed to change, and I think he fed off us as well with regards to his future career."

Jaques will maintain a link with Yorkshire, with second XI batsman Jack Leaning joining up with Jaques' club side in Sydney in November. Leaning made his first-class debut this summer and played four matches in the Yorkshire Bank 40.

"Phil's been instrumental in getting that sorted," Moxon added. "It's nice to have that connection in Sydney for our young players to get some experience playing over there. I don't think Phil's completely given up on the thought of playing, but he doesn't want to come back to England for a full season. If he does come back it would be for part of a season. Obviously that depends if an opportunity ever arises.

"He's looking to get more into coaching himself. He started last winter back in Australia doing his club side and in the Big Bash. That was a great challenge and experience for him. He learnt a bit from us and he gave our young batsmen some help as well. His nickname is The Pro - and he is. He's the ultimate professional."

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  • AKS286 on October 6, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    One of my favourite cricketer. Injury kills a great talent. After the axing of Katich He is the only hope but injury pushes him into county. Well whatever is happen.... happens for good. On that time if injury was not hit him then guess what ... Clarke will axe him.

  • CricketYorkshire on October 3, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    A great servant and will require a tweak or two to Yorkshire's batting lineup for 2014. Given Williamson will be away with NZ for a portion of the season, could yet see Jaques return for a short stint.

  • dummy4fb on October 2, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Best of luck for the future Phil. First saw Phil playing for Sutherland as a seventeen year old where he showed great potential which was subsequently realised. Have followed his career ever since. Regrettably his injuries curtailed what surely would have been a long international career. He is a credit to his family and Australia. A true gentleman, kind regards, Cindy&Guy Trembath

  • GeoffreysMother on October 1, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    Well done and a big thanks to Phil. His efforts last year in particular were crucial to Yorkshire getting promoted. I know he is well respected in the county and that everyone wishes him well. I hope he succeeds in coaching and perhaps comes back to Yorkshire when Jason Gillespie moves onto bigger things ( as I am sure he eventually will give the all round good impression he has made at Yorkshire). It is right though that Yorkshire continues to give opportunities to younger players and I am pleased they have offered a contract to Williamson. There is little chance for a Kiwi who is not a T20 specialist to make a good living and he is potentially a very good one. Williamson, Yorkshire and NZ should all benefit from this relationship.

  • SDHM on October 1, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    @StraightHit - he had massive problems with injuries, especially his back, if I remember rightly. He would have played a lot more if he hadn't. Could quite conceivably still be playing now, he still looks a class act even if he's had a relatively quiet season.

    Anyway, shame to see an old pro not returning next year, but perhaps Yorkshire just feel it's time for Alex Lees to start playing consistently after the immense promise he has shown this year. Even without Jaques though, they will have one of the best top orders in the division next year: Lees, Root, Williamson, Gale, Ballance, Bairstow... pretty tasty! Fancy a few batting points up at Headingley next season then.

  • dirtydozen on October 1, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    should have selected him in place of hick as the batting coach as he is fresh from county games which would have been useful for upcoming ashes. But would have been better if they chosen him earlier even ahead of katich as his age was in his side unlike katich.

  • OneEyedAussie on October 1, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    Another nearly-was of Australian cricket in the past five years. Terribly sad that after his back injury he never quite made it back to international standard. He could have been as great as Hayden.

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on October 1, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    Shame his back problems really restricted his chances at a higher level.

  • CricketChat on October 1, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Here is a guy who has 900+ runs in only 11 test matches with 9 50+ scores (3 tons and 6 50s) with an avg of nearly 48! How come he played so few matches? Can understand Katich and Hayden stood in his way early, but happened after they left?. It wasn't as though Aussies had surfeit of great openers since then. Was he prone to injuries or something along those lines?

  • xtrafalgarx on October 1, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    It's a shame the way his career ended up after being such a good player, but SO pleased he is looking to coach in AUSTRALIA, too many defectors for my liking! Good luck mate, hope for the big time!

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