Former NSW and Australian opening batsman Phil Jaques has been appointed coach of the NSW Blues for the next three seasons.

Jaques, 39, scored three centuries in 11 Tests before a debilitating back injury ended his international career. He also played 76 Sheffield Shield matches for the Blues and 200 first class games in total including county cricket, making more than 16,000 runs.

Nicknamed Pro for his meticulous preparation and attention to detail, Jaques said he is excited about the prospects of a talented young squad and delighted to have been given the opportunity to guide NSW into a new era.

“We have a number of exceptional young cricketers, many of whom have recently represented the Australian Under 19s, and I look forward to working with them so they can reach their full potential,” Jaques said.

“Equally we have a senior group of players, many with international experience, who can play a big part in not only our performances on the field but also moulding this squad for future success.

“Patience is required as young players develop, but this is an exciting time at Cricket NSW, as we look to enhance the culture of improvement and learning and continue to be the leading provider of talent for Australian cricket.”

Cricket NSW General Manager of Cricket Performance, David Moore, said Jaques had beaten a world class field during an extensive recruiting process and thoroughly deserved his appointment.

“We are delighted one of our own has been successful,” Mr Moore said.

“Anyone who scores three centuries and six half-centuries in 11 Tests and makes more than 16,000 first class runs at an average of better than 48 is obviously a quality player of vast experience.”

“Jaques previously worked in a head coaching role with the Queensland Bulls for two seasons between 2015 and 2017, and has worked for the past twelve months as the Blues batting coach.

“Phil has also learnt his trade as a coach, having progressed through the CNSW pathway from club level through to our elite junior pathways before becoming assistant coach of the Blues,” Moore said.

“He did an excellent job (in Queensland) of developing and improving young players, and helped lay the platform for the Bulls’ Sheffield Shield success last season.”

After working as an assistant coach throughout the 2017-18 season, Moore said Jaques was aware of where the team needed to improve and is hungry to lead that change.

Cricket NSW Chief Executive Andrew Jones said that while last season was a difficult year for the Blues, the appointment is a pivotal part of a deliberate strategy to bring through a younger group of players and refresh the list.

“(We) are not looking for a quick fix,” Jones said.

“Instead from Board level down we are looking to build a culture of growth and excellence which will lead to sustained success.

“We want all our players to achieve their potential in the game, and if they do we will continue to win titles and produce players for Australia.”

Phil Jaques statistics

Format

Mat

Runs

Ave

100s

50s

Tests

11

902

47.47

3

6

Sheffield Shield

76

5,582

41.04

14

25

First Class

200

16,035

48.29

44

76