Aussie batsman Jaques drafted in at Yorkshire

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Phil Jaques has re-signed for Yorkshire for the 2012 and 2013 seasons as an overseas batsman.

The left-handed Australian joins Andrew Gale’s side who are bidding for a quick return to the top flight of the LV= County Championship after suffering relegation last season.

PICTURE BY VAUGHN RIDLEY/SWPIX.COM...Cricket - Yorkshire County Cricket Club Media Day, Team Group and Headshots - Headingley, Leeds, England - 01/04/11...Yorkshire's Martyn Moxon.

PICTURE BY VAUGHN RIDLEY/SWPIX.COM...Cricket - Yorkshire County Cricket Club Media Day, Team Group and Headshots - Headingley, Leeds, England - 01/04/11...Yorkshire's Martyn Moxon.

Jaques scored 2,477 runs for Yorkshire at 61.92 with a top score of 243 against Hampshire when he played for the club previously in 2004.

He also played 20 one-day matches for the Tykes, scoring 788 runs at 43.77 and his success helped end a patient wait for international honours as he went on to play 11 Tests and six One-Day Internationals for Australia between 2005 and 2008.

He played for Northamptonshire in 2003 and smashed 222 against Yorkshire at Wantage Road.

And in 2006, 2007 and 2010 he played for Worcestershire where he struck 2,154 runs in 26 fixtures at an impressive average of 47.86.

Tykes skipper Gale is delighted with the signing of the 32-year-old.

He said: “Phil’s got a proven track record in English cricket.

“It’s always a worry, when you bring in an overseas player - can they do it in English conditions?

“We know what he’s like as a character, he’ll help some of the younger guys improve and he’s got that experienced head that we need in the side that we lacked at times last year.

“We addressed that at the end of last season and Phil was at the top of our list when we heard he was available.

“He’ll be a great signing for the Club.”

Club veteran and Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon (above right) agreed that the signing of Jaques is a good one.

He said: “Last year we tried to go it alone and we got relegated.

“I’ve said before we are a work in progress as far as the team is concerned and last year showed that we need a little help in the short-term.

“Phil has been a fantastic player and was a big influence on the younger players when he was at Yorkshire last time.

“He is keen to pass on his knowledge as well as show his own ability which will benefit the youngsters that we have here at the moment.

“His experience and skill will be a great asset to us over the next couple of years while the younger players gain even more knowledge of their own.”