Former NSW and Australian opening batsman Phil Jaques is returning to the Blues as batting coach.

Queensland coach for the past two seasons Jaques, 38, is moving back to Sydney for family reasons.

He had an outstanding career cut short by a chronic back injury, averaging better than 47 in 11 Tests with three hundreds and six half-centuries, including the rare distinction of a century in his last Test innings.

Jaques combined dominant performances for NSW and in county cricket to score more than 16,000 first class runs at 48 with 44 centuries.

Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones said: “I am delighted that Phil Jaques is returning to Cricket NSW.

“He developed the nickname “Pro” during an impressive playing career because of his meticulous approach and has taken that into his coaching career.

“Phil left NSW to be Head Coach of Queensland two years ago having done an outstanding job as Blues assistant and batting coach and we are very lucky to have him back.

“Phil and Jessica have young children and were very keen to get back closer to family in NSW. Pro is and remains a very proud Bluebagger. So it will be great to have him back home.

“I would also like thank Queensland Cricket CEO Max Walters and General Manager of High Performance Brett Jones, who have both been very supportive of Phil’s decision.”