Martyn Moxon insists the capture of Phil Jaques will have a huge positive spin-off effect on Yorkshire’s talented crop of young batsmen.
Aussie top-order man Jaques was confirmed as Yorkshire’s new overseas signing on Tuesday, with the 32-year-old who played for the Tykes in 2004 and 2005, effectively replacing Jacques Rudolph, who is expected to be busy on international duties with South Africa next year.
Director of cricket Moxon says Jaques, who has agreed a two-year-deal, was right at the top of the county’s wish-list of close-season targets once he learned he was available, with his international days with Australia all but over.
Jaques will be seeking a noteworthy promotion treble in 2012, having been instrumental in helping the Tykes back to the first division in 2005 and Worcestershire to the top-flight in 2010, where he averaged an impressive 47.86.
All told in his first spell at Headingley, Jaques scored 2,477 first-class runs for the White Rose at a superb 61.92 with a top score of 243 against Hampshire in June 2004.
And while it’s undeniable Jaques will add prodigious run-making pedigree to Yorkshire’s batting line-up thanks to his proven track record and knowledge of county conditions, director of cricket Moxon feels his arrival is also great news for the likes of Joe Root, Gary Ballance and Adam Lyth, who he feels will benefit from the presence of the New South Welshman, who will be around for two full summers.
Moxon, who says Yorkshire are also eyeing one more signing to complete their recruit ahead of the 2012 season, which starts in early April, said: “Last year, we tried to set around going it alone with predominantly our own players. But I think it became evident we still needed a little bit of help to achieve what we want to.
“Probably too many of our players are still learning our own game and it showed last season where we showed superiority in matches, but weren’t able to capitalise on them. We needed that little bit of quality and experience to help us in the short-term to benefit the younger players in the long term.
“Hence why we signed Phil, who is a tremendous player with a tremendous record in England over the years. He obviously played here before and was well liked and very good and helping the young players who were here. Having signed him again, he’s very keen to pass on his experience to our current crop of young players. He’ll be an excellent addition to the team.
“He’s a genuine desire to help the young players develop and become, not only good players for Yorkshire, but England as well.
While the presence of Jaques is expected to represent a boon for the young talents in the top order, Moxon feels the presence of a genuine Baggy Green legend in the shape of new first-team coach Jason Gillespie – sixth in the all-time list of Australian wicket-takers with 259 – will represent a massive fillip for the Tykes’ stable of quickies on a day-to-day basis.
On Gillespie, who starts full-time with Yorkshire in March once his commitments in Zimbabwe with Mid West Rhinos finish, Moxon added: “From a bowling point of view, he can speak to the bowlers at the club from a position of strength with what he’s achieved in the game. We also made enquiries in Australia about his coaching capabilities and they came back as excellent.
“As an excellent coach and a top, top player involved with one of the best teams in the world gives him great standing.
“He’s a good guy as well and he’ll really fit into working as a team.”