Jaques desperate for Yorkshire to qualify for Champions League Twenty20 (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Jaques desperate for Yorkshire to qualify for Champions League Twenty20
Phil Jaques and Yorkshire are eyeing a place in the Twenty20 Champions League as their impressive run of form continues.
Having won five of their seven North Division matches, the White Rose will seal a Friends Life t20 quarter-final berth with a win against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge on Thursday.
They would then earn a trip to South Africa between October 9 and 28 by winning two further knockout matches.
The two finalists of the FLt20 will compete in a six-team qualifying event, with the top two going through to the main draw to face teams from India, South Africa and Australia, including Mitchell Starc’s Sydney Sixers franchise.
Jaques has never been to the Champions League, despite his former state New South Wales having qualified twice.
He played for the Blues in the 2011 Australian domestic final. And, although his state earned qualification for last year’s Champions League, he was left out of the squad.
Jaques is therefore keen to make up for that disappointment with Yorkshire this year.
“I’m desperate to have a go at that,” admitted the 33-year-old left-handed opener.
“It’s a great concept, and obviously playing against the best Twenty20 sides in the world is something that we’re striving for, definitely.
“I’ve been involved in New South Wales sides that have qualified for the Champions League, but I haven’t actually gone because Australian international players have come back and I’ve been the one to miss out.”
Only Adil Rashid (South Australia) and Starc (NSW) have played in the Champions League from Yorkshire’s current squad.
Starc has been Yorkshire’s star man with the ball in the current t20 campaign, with the left-arm quick taking 15 wickets from seven matches, added to a stunning economy rate of 5.87.
“Mitch is doing really well,” added Jaques. “He’s taking wickets regularly and keeping the runs down too.
“He’s obviously played at the top level. He’s played a bit of one-day cricket for Australia, and that’s going to stand him in good stead when he comes back and plays domestic cricket.
“He’s got all the tools. He’s a match-winner, and he’s great to have in your side.”