Phil Jaques will hope that he doesn't have to do a Mike Hussey and wait till he turns 30 to be a regular in the Australian Test side. Meanwhile he could have opened against Australia in this Ashes... cept for that Australian heart of his.
Jaques, who travels on a British passport, scored 1409 runs for Northants in his debut season that year, more than enough you might imagine for the English selectors to sound him out. "It was pointed out to me I could become a part of the English system because of my British passport and because I was playing over there...
"Had I decided to go for it, I would've needed to sit out a four-year qualifying period to be allowed to play for them. That period would have lapsed at the end of last (season)."
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Nishi Narayanan is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo