Phil Jaques heads back to Oz as Will Smith joins Hampshire

Former Australian international Phil Jaques has not had his contract renewed by Yorkshire. The 34-year-old who has played for the English county for the last two seasons will instead pursue a coaching in Sydney with his club side Sutherland.

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Phil Jaques (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“He’s been a great asset to the club during the two spells that he had with us,” said director of 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 to help with our young batsmen in particular.

“Phil talked about batting and passed on his experience, and the lads picked up bits here and there from him,” he added. “He talked to us about what he saw technically and whether things needed to change, and I think he fed off us as well with regards to his future career.”

“Jack Leaning’s going to play for Phil’s team this winter and Phil’s been instrumental in getting that sorted,” added Moxon.

Meanwhile Will Smith (30) has signed for Hampshire on a two-year deal.

Smith joins Hampshire from LV= County Championship winners Durham, with whom he has won the Championship three times. He also represented Nottinghamshire during their title-winning 2005 season.

Smith said; “I’m delighted to sign with Hampshire and really excited by the opportunity to represent a club for whom I have the upmost respect.

Hampshire County Cricket Club (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The Royals possess an immensely gifted squad of cricketers, which I am over the moon to now be a part of and looking forward to the team pursuit of winning some silverware in 2014.”

Hampshire have also awarded promising young batsman Sean Terry with a full contract for two seasons. The 22-year old has impressed with his performances for the Hampshire Second XI and he also hit two consecutive LV=CC half-centuries for Hampshire in September.

Hampshire all-rounder Hamza Riazuddin has announced his retirement after making 62 appearances for Hampshire, including best figures of 5-61 against Glamorgan in an LV= County Championship match in April 2012.

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