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Jaques leaves Notts

Former Australia batsman Phil Jaques has been released from the second year of his Nottinghamshire contract after being appointed assistant coach of New South Wales Blues.

The 35-year-old opening batsman impressed with 894 runs in 11 LV= County Championship matches in his debut campaign for Nottinghamshire to help their title bid and he had been due to return to Trent Bridge for another spell next term.

However, that will not now happen with Jaques taking up a new post with NSW this week which will see him assist head coach Trevor Bayliss and work closely with the youth teams.

Notts director of cricket Mick Newell said: "Phil has made a big impact this season and we would never stand in the way of a player in his situation when a job comes along that's a perfect fit."

NSW chief executive Andrew Jones added: "We are very fortunate to have a player of Phil Jaques' calibre return to Cricket NSW.

Top-order batsman Phil Jaques, who has impressed for Nottinghamshire this season, will not be returning for the next campaign

"We believe that he has the skills and desire to be a very successful coach and his presence greatly enhances the quality of our academy and pathway programs."

Jaques was recruited as cover for Alex Hales who had been widely tipped to secure an Indian Premier League contract.

Hales found form in a brief loan spell with Worcestershire and has since returned to prominence in all formats but Newell may yet seek to sign a replacement for Jaques next season.

“Alex has international ambitions and may yet feature in the IPL in 2015,” said Newell.

“We’ll have a look around and see if there is a signing to be made to fill the role we had in mind for Phil next summer.”

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