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Jaques leaves New South Wales after early-season struggles

Greg Shipperd, the Sydney Sixers' coach, will take charge until the end of the season

Phil Jaques watches on  •  Getty Images

Phil Jaques watches on  •  Getty Images

Former Australia batter Phil Jaques has lost his job as New South Wales head coach after the state's poor start to the domestic season which sees them bottom of both the Sheffield Shield and Marsh Cup.
A planned mid-season review during the BBL break was brought forward following NSW's latest Shield defeat against Western Australia last week and it was announced on Tuesday morning that Jaques had left his role.
Greg Shipperd, who is currently Sydney Sixers' coach in the BBL, will take temporary charge until the end of the domestic season. He will begin with this week's Shield match against Victoria before moving into his Sixers' role then back to NSW for the latter part of the summer.
Jaques came into the head coach role for the 2018-19 season having done two years with Queensland between 2015 and 2017 before returning to NSW as batting coach. NSW won the Sheffield Shield in the 2019-2020 season which was curtailed by the pandemic and the Marsh Cup in 2020-21.
"On behalf of all at Cricket NSW I'd like to thank Phil for his contribution to cricket in NSW as both a player and coach," Greg Mail, the NSW chief of cricket performance, said. "Phil is an immensely passionate NSW person and has given his all in his time as head coach, but we feel that now is the right time to make a change. We wish Phil well in his future endeavours.
Shipperd is one of the most highly-regarded coaches in the Australian game and has also filled various roles around the world.
"Greg Shipperd's cricket acumen and his coaching record is well renowned, and we are very pleased that he has agreed to guide our Blues program while we take the time to understand our next move," Mail said. "He has existing relationships with many of the players and staff and I expect his transition into the group, starting with this week's match against Victoria, will be seamless."