Phil Jacques hoping for lengthier stay in South Africa

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Phil Jaques in in form, having scored a hundred in grade cricket last weekend Phil Jaques in in form, having scored a hundred in grade cricket last weekend

Phil Jaques has only been to South Africa once before. It was a fleeting visit.

Called up as a replacement for Australian captain Ricky Ponting during a one-day international series in March 2006, he flew in the day before the second of five matches, played under the influence of jet-lag and posted a four-ball duck.

He was dropped from the next match and flew home to play for New South Wales, having been jettisoned from the squad.

Needless to say, he is hoping for better luck during his second visit with Yorkshire for the forthcoming Champions League t20 competition, starting on Tuesday.

Jaques linked up with the rest of the White Rose squad in Johannesburg earlier this week after flying home to Sydney following the end of the county season last month.

He enjoyed time with his family, but also scored a hundred in grade cricket for the Sutherland club last weekend.

"I think it's going to be a fantastic tournament and a great experience for everyone," said the 33-year-old left-hander, who will almost certainly line up for Sunday's warm-up match against Sialkot Stallions at the Wanderers.

"All the boys are looking forward to taking this as deep as we can and playing a big part in the tournament.

"We've shown how good a side we can be in Twenty20, how good a fielding side we are especially. We're a good side all around the park, so hopefully we can carry that on."

Yorkshire may have to win both games against Uva Next and Trinidad and Tobago to qualify into Group B of the main draw, and being placed in the qualifying competition automatically puts them at a disadvantage when looking to lift the trophy.

"We could see it as a disadvantage having to play these extra games, but it could be an advantage because we'll get more practice," added Jaques.

"Some of the players in the main tournament will not have played much - bar the World Cup I suppose - because they'll have come from off seasons. If we can get the confidence up, that could make us a very dangerous team."

The Sialkot squad includes JCT600 Bradford League star Sarfraz Ahmed from Woodlands, as well as former Bradford League players Rana Naved ul-Hasan (Pudsey Congs and Great Horton) and Imran Nazir (Great Horton). 

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