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Last Updated: Sunday, 12 November 2006, 09:49 GMT
In-form Aussie unlikely for Tests
Jaques celebrates
Jaques celebrated a second century against England for NSW
Australia batsman Phil Jaques knows his Test chances are bleak despite his two tons in three days against England.

Opener Jaques hit 11 fours and two sixes in his 107, for New South Wales, just 48 hours after his 112 for the Prime Minister's XI in Canberra.

However, Matt Hayden and Justin Langer are established at the top of the Test order and Jaques said: "The two guys that are there are fantastic players.

"I'm expecting the selectors will go with those two."

Born in Sydney to English parents, Jaques is a familiar figure in county cricket, where he has played for Northants, Yorkshire and Worcestershire.

As a British passport-holder he qualified as a domestic player with Northants before deciding late in 2003 that did not want to play for England because "my heart says Australia".

He has made the most of limited opportunities so far, hitting 94 - the best by an Australia one-day debutant - against South Africa and 66 in his second Test, against Bangladesh when Langer was injured.

The first of five Ashes Tests begins in Brisbane on 23 November and Jaques added: "You just never know in cricket and if I'm given an opportunity I'd love it."

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