Phil Jaques appointed New South Wales head coach

Former Australia opener Phil Jaques has been named head coach of New South Wales on Tuesday (May 29). Jaques, who played 11 Tests for Australia, will take over the mantle of coaching the side from Trent Johnston.

Johnston, who was appointed as the NSW coach in 2015, parted ways with the state side in March this year. Under his tenure, NSW ended up a disappointing fifth in the Sheffield Shield last season and just about avoided taking the wooden spoon.

With the likes of Ed Cowan and Doug Bollinger retiring from the game, and Nic Maddinson being left out of the new contract list, Jaques will be mentoring a young NSW side. The point can be capsulised by the fact that 10 players in the setup are under the age of 25. NSW have also given full time contracts to promising players like Jason Sangha, Param Uppal, Dan Fallins, Mickey Edwards and Liam Hatcher.

The 39-year-old served two years as the head coach of Queensland before stepping down from his position in May last year due to family reasons. He then took over as NSW’s assistant coach in June 2017.

Jaques, who made his first class debut for NSW versus Queensland in March 2001, played 76 Sheffield Shield games for the state, accumulating 5581 runs. He went on to compose 16035 runs in first class cricket, and notched up his highest individual first class score of 244 for Worcestershire against Essex in June 2006. The southpaw batsman also aggregated three hundreds in his brief Test career.

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