Australian opening batsman Phil Jaques will renew his ties with Worcestershire after it was confirmed that he will be playing as their overseas player for the first half of the 2010 season.
Jaques, who played at New Road between 2006 and 2007, is expected to be in the squad to play Worcestershire's first match of the season against Middlesex and he will play until Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan joins up with the county following the conclusion of Bangladesh's tour of England.
"I'm thrilled to be coming back to Worcestershire CCC in what is seen as a rebuilding year for the Club," Jaques said, referring to the loss of a number of players over the close season and relegation to the second division of the LV County Championship.
"I'm keen to not only lead the way with the bat but also help the talented group of young players find their feet in the First Class game and hopefully taste success during the season."
Director of Cricket, Steven Rhodes added: "Signing a player of Phil's class and expertise is undoubtedly a terrific boost for the Club for the first part of the season. He is a magnificent run scorer at the top of the order who scored a century in his last Test for Australia. Phil's career first class average of 53.11 compares more than favourably with Graeme Hick which proves what a top class player he is. He will give both experience and a winning attitude to our cricket in 2010."
Jaques, who has played 11 Tests and six One-Day Internationals for Australia, has returned to domestic cricket this year following back surgery.
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