Phil Jaques retires from Australian cricket

Former Australian Test opener Phil Jaques is retiring from domestic first class cricket at the end of the summer to take up a contract with Yorkshire CCC in England, where he will play as a local player on a British passport.

Jaques, who made his First Class debut for NSW in the 2000/01 season, has to date played in 77 First Class matches for NSW, scoring 5659 runs at an average of 41.30, with 14 centuries and a highest score of 240 not out against Queensland in 2004/05.

His One Day record for NSW is also impressive, having scored 2340 runs at an average of 39.66 in 66 matches.

In addition, Phil played in 14 State T20 matches scoring 322 runs at an average of 26.83.

Jaques played just eleven Test matches for Australia, where he scored 902 runs at the superb average of 47.47, with three centuries.

A back injury cruelly ended his international career just as he was establishing himself in the Australian team.

Jaques said he was sad to be leaving Australian cricket, but had made the decision for family reasons.

“I have made this decision with my family in mind and I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my career,” Jaques said.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time playing cricket for NSW and Australia and have always considered it a privilege.

“I have also made plenty of great friends along the way. I hope to remain involved with Cricket NSW in some capacity in the future.

“My 11 years playing for NSW have helped me to grow as a player and person and I appreciate all of their support I have received over the years.

“I walk away with no regrets knowing that I have given 100% every time I have walked onto the ground and I will continue to do this until the end of the season.”

Cricket NSW chief executive David Gilbert paid tribute to Jaques’ career.

“Phil has made an outstanding contribution to the NSW team over the past decade and we wish him all the best as he continues his playing career with Yorkshire in the English County Competition,” Gilbert said.

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