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Yorkshire release Phil Jaques
Yorkshire have released former Australian Test player Phil Jaques after opting not to renew his contract ahead of 2014.
The 34-year-old has already returned home to Sydney having scored 88 in what could prove to be his last first-class match against Surrey at The Oval last week.
The versatile top-order player has spent the last two years playing at Headingley on a UK passport, courtesy of his parents being English born.
The decision was not entirely Yorkshire's, with the player keen to pursue a career in coaching as well as a more settled home life.
He spent last winter as player-coach of his home club Sutherland in Sydney grade cricket and as an assistant coach for the Twenty20 Big Bash League franchise Sydney Thunder.
He will certainly be involved in a similar with role with the former again this winter.
In the last two seasons, left-handed Jaques has scored 1,562 runs from 29 LV= County Championship matches at an average of 40.05.
"He’s been a great asset to the club during the two spells that he had with us,” said director of professional 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."
This was Jaques's second spell with Yorkshire after two seasons as an overseas player in 2004 and 2005. In all, he scored 4,039 runs from 53 Championship matches.
"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," added Moxon.
"If he does come back, it would be for part of a season. Obviously that depends if an opportunity ever arises."
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