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Nottinghamshire sign Australian star Phil Jaques

Phil Jaques: Joining Nottinghamshire next season

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Nottinghamshire have signed Australian batsman Phil Jaques on a short-term deal.

Jaques, who has spent the last two years with Yorkshire, will play for the Trent Bridge club until mid-June to cover for Alex Hales.

Hales has been given permission to play in the Indian Premier League and Notts are anticipating that he will be given a contract by one of the franchises.

Last season, Jaques scored 770 runs in 14 matches to help Yorkshire claim second place in Division One of the County Championship.

"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."

Phil Jacques

"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," the club's director of cricket Mick Newell told their official website.

Permission

"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 said: "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.

"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."