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Jaques set for Notts stint

Nottinghamshire have signed former Australia batsman Phil Jaques on a short-term contract for the start of next year's LV= County Championship.

The 34-year-old, who scored 770 championship runs for Yorkshire this year and has also played for Worcestershire, will be available until mid-June after Notts gave opener Alex Hales permission to seek an Indian Premier League contract.

Jaques, who averaged 47.47 in his 11 Tests from 2005 to 2008, is set to play alongside Australia paceman Peter Siddle, who has signed for the whole of next season in the championship and Royal London One-Day Cup.

Notts director of cricket Mick Newell said: "Phil has scored runs consistently for Yorkshire over the past couple of seasons and he is highly regarded within the game for his ability and for his character.
"This deal was on the cards when we granted permission for Alex to seek an IPL deal and it fits nicely with Phil's desire to play county cricket next season."
Jaques, who holds a British passport, has retired from first-class cricket in Australia but continues to play and coach at grade level in Sydney. He will arrive in Nottinghamshire on Tuesday 1 April to finalise his preparations for the season.
"I've spoken to a few of the Australian players who have played for Nottinghamshire and they all speak very highly of the set-up, the people and the ground," said Jaques, 34.
"I've got good memories of playing at Trent Bridge and I enjoy the proximity to the crowd and the atmosphere created by walking through the members on the pavilion steps.
"A short-term deal fits nicely for me with having a young family and I look forward to making a contribution."

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