Phil Jaques is a left-handed opening batsman who has played first-class cricket for New South Wales, Northamptonshire, Yorkshire and Worcestershire, as well as international cricket for Australia.
In 1999 Jaques was awarded a cricketing scholarship by New South Wales, which enabled him to spend the English summer playing for Northern Cricket Club near Liverpool. A last minute call up to the NSW team on 15 March 2001 for a match against Queensland saw him rush from Sydney to Brisbane where he arrived in time to debut at the unfamiliar number 10 position with the score at 70/8, up against a Queensland attack on a seaming green-top, he top scored with 40.
In 2005–06 Jaques was selected for the Australian squad for the 2nd Test against South Africa starting on Boxing Day, 2005 in Melbourne after regular opener Justin Langer pulled a hamstring in the previous match. In his second Test against Bangladesh in April 2006 after Langer was ruled out with concussion sustained in an earlier Test.
Making his One-Day International debut for Australia against South Africa, Jaques made 94, falling six runs short of his maiden century. His innings broke a 23-year-old record of the highest score on debut for Australia in a One-Day International. In November 2006, Jaques scored successive centuries in three days against England, in the warm up to the 2006–07 Ashes series in Australia.
In 2008 he was selected as Hayden's opening partner for the West Indies tour where he starred with a century in the final test at Bridgetown. On the subsequent tour to India he was dropped when Simon Katich was selected ahead of him. He returned home early to have surgery on long term back problems, and did not return to the Test team.
Records and achievements
- Jaques won the 2005–06 Australian Domestic Cricketer of the Year, at the 2006 Allan Border Medal Ceremony.
- In February 2007, Jaques came within a few runs of beating Victor Trumper's Sydney Grade Cricket record score compiling 321 for Sutherland against North Sydney in less than 6 hours.
- He has scored 8 first-class double centuries.
- Jaques claimed the highest score by a player on One Day International debut for Australia with a 94 against South Africa in Melbourne 2005/06, only for that to be beaten by Phillip Hughes in 2013.
- Scored his maiden test century in his third test; the first test of the 2007/08 Australian summer against the very tactical Sri Lankans.
- Jaques scored 150 in the following test at Bellerive, Hobart.
- Became the first Australian cricketer born in Wollongong to score a Test match hundred
In 2015 Phil was appointed head Coach of the QLD Bulls in 2015.