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Jaques headed back Down Under

Yorkshire have announced batsman Phil Jaques has left the club and returned to his native Australia to pursue a coaching career.

The 34-year-old's contract expired last week and he will now link up with Sydney club side Sutherland following two spells at Headingley.

Having played for the White Rose in 2004 and 2005, Jaques returned in 2012, helping the club gain promotion to the top flight and was part of the team's efforts in finishing second in this year's LV= County Championship.

"He's been a great asset to the club during the two spells that he had with us," said director of cricket Martyn Moxon.

"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' links with the county will continue as Yorkshire second XI batsman Jack Leaning will travel to Sydney next month to play for Sutherland.

"Jack Leaning's going to play for Phil's team this winter and Phil's been instrumental in getting that sorted," added Moxon.

"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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