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Voges in January 2008
|Full name||Adam Charles Voges|
|Born|| (1979-10-04) 4 October 1979
Subiaco, Western Australia
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Bowling||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|Test debut (cap 442)||3 June 2015 v West Indies|
|Last Test||12 November 2016 v South Africa|
|ODI debut (cap 163)||20 February 2007 v New Zealand|
|Last ODI||2 November 2013 v India|
|ODI shirt no.||24|
|T20I debut||11 December 2007 v New Zealand|
|Last T20I||13 February 2013 v West Indies|
|Domestic team information|
|2012/13–2017/18||Perth Scorchers (squad no. 32)|
Source: ESPN Cricinfo, 2 December 2017
Adam Charles Voges (//, born 4 October 1979) is a former Australian cricketer who played for the Australian national team at Test, One Day International (ODI), and Twenty20 International (T20I) level, and also captained Western Australia and Perth Scorchers in domestic cricket. Voges' test match batting average of 61.87 is second only to Donald Bradman (among batsmen who have played a minimum of 20 innings). Voges was included in the 2016 ICC Test Match Team of the Year.
From Perth, Western Australia, Voges excelled at cricket from an early age, attending the Western Australian Institute of Sport and playing for the Australian under-19 team. He made his first-class debut for Western Australia in the 2002–03 Sheffield Shield, and had established himself in the side by the middle of the decade, playing as a middle-order batsman and part-time left-arm orthodox bowler. Voges debuted for Australia during the 2006–07 Chappell–Hadlee Trophy, and played irregularly at both ODI and T20I level throughout the remainder of the decade.
In October 2012, after Marcus North's resignation, Voges was appointed acting captain of Western Australia. For the inaugural Big Bash League, he signed with the Melbourne Stars franchise, although he switched to the Perth Scorchers the following season. In overseas competitions, Voges has represented Hampshire, Nottinghamshire, and Middlesex (captain 2015–2016) in English county cricket, and also played for the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League and the Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League.
Voges made his Test debut for Australia in June 2015, aged 35, and scored a century on debut against the West Indies. He recorded a second century in November 2015, against New Zealand, and later scored 269 not out, 106 not out, and 239 in consecutive innings from December 2015 to February 2016, breaking Sachin Tendulkar's record for the most runs between dismissals in Test cricket.
In February 2017, Voges announced his retirement from international cricket. With an average of 61.87 in 20 Test appearances, he is regarded as one of the great batsmen amongst the ones who had a late debut. His last match was as captain of the Prime Minister's XI side against Sri Lanka on 15 February 2017. The next month, he also announced his retirement from domestic cricket, following the conclusion of the 2016–17 Sheffield Shield season.
Born in Subiaco, Western Australia, Voges was raised in Rockingham, and attended Safety Bay Senior High School. In WACA District Cricket, he originally fell under the Rockingham-Mandurah District Cricket Club's recruitment zone, but transferred to the Melville Cricket Club on a special permit. He went on to tour with the Western Australia under-19 cricket team, and captained the side during the 1998–99 season, later playing for Australia at under-19 level. Voges was the winner of the 2001–02 Olly Cooley Medal for the best player in the WACA grade cricket competition. Voges made his first-class debut on 8 December 2002 for Western Australia in the Pura Cup match against Tasmania. After averaging only 17 with the bat in the four matches he played, he spent the 2003/04 season playing grade cricket.
He made his List A debut in the ING Cup match against Tasmania in October 2004, and was also recalled to the Pura Cup side. In just his second one-day match at North Sydney Oval, Voges set the record for the fastest domestic one-day century, bringing up his 100 off only 62 balls (and hitting the ING sign on one of his 7 sixes, which earned him $50,000). He finished the ING Cup season with an average of just under 32, and a Pura Cup average of 72 from 6 matches.
2005/06 was a mixed season, which saw him average 34 in Pura Cup and 49 in the ING Cup.
2006/07 season and international selection
In 2006/07, Voges enjoyed a very good start to the season with two first-class centuries in his first three matches. This good form led to his surprise selection to the Australian squad for the 3rd Ashes Test. On Friday, 8 December 2006, Australian selectors had been expected to select an unchanged lineup, but due to the shock retirement of Damien Martyn, selection processes were re-thought with Andrew Symonds and Voges drafted into the 13-man lineup. Voges also scored 150 against Tasmania, nearly chasing down a total of 400 early in the season.
Voges learned of the news during a tour match between his side, the Cricket Australia XI, and the ECB Chairman's XI at Lilac Hill. Of his learning of the selection, Voges said: "Tony Dodemaide tapped me on the shoulder and he said: 'Come with me. You're being substituted'. I thought I was in trouble."
Voges made his ODI debut on 20 February 2007 vs New Zealand in the Chappell–Hadlee Series before being selected for the Tour of India in September 2007. In December 2007 he made his Twenty20 International debut, also against New Zealand, at his home ground in Perth.
On 15 February 2009, Voges made a stunning catch in a Twenty20 game against New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground to catch Brendon McCullum out for 61 in the penultimate over. Catching the ball on the boundary line, but not in full control (as the rules for a catch demand) he tossed the ball forwards into the air as he tumbled backwards over the boundary rope. He then scrambled back into the field of play and took a diving catch low to the ground. The 3rd umpire confirmed a valid catch and centre umpire Paul Reiffel (former Australian bowler) gave McCullum out. Australia went on to win the match by one run.
Voges was included in Australia's one-day squad for the tour of South Africa. Batsman Marcus North was called up as batting cover while Voges returned home to marry his fiancée. Voges commented that "It's a big thing to give up an opportunity to play for Australia. But I guess you only get married once and that's important to me and a decision I've made and one that I'm comfortable with".
Voges also played in the ODI match against Scotland on 28 August 2009. He made 72, the second highest score behind David Hussey who made 111. Australia won the match.
2015 Test debut and stand-in vice-captaincy
In April 2015, Voges was called up to the Australian Test Cricket squad for the first time in his career for the away Test series against the West Indies and England, respectively. He made his maiden Test century on his debut against the West Indies in Dominica in June 2015. He also became the oldest Test debut centurion, and the oldest player to win a man-of-the-match award on Test debut. His baggy green cap was presented by Brendon Julian. Voges was named as stand-in test Vice-Captain for Australia after David Warner suffered a thumb fracture during the ODI series against England from the bowling of Steven Finn.
On 11 December 2015, Voges eclipsed the Bellerive Oval's scoring record, passing Ricky Ponting's record of 209 runs. He then surpassed Doug Walters' record of 242 for the highest score by an Australian against the West Indies. This was also his second century against West Indies.
At the age of 36 and 68 days, the Western Australian is the fourth-oldest Australian to achieve the feat behind Test greats Sir Donald Bradman, Allan Border and Ricky Ponting. Jack Ryder is the only other Australian to have posted a Test double ton beyond the age of 35.
This also makes him the oldest Australian to join the list of test double-centurions, the other three having each scored double-tons in younger years. The 449-run partnership between Voges and Shaun Marsh in this match is the highest 4th wicket partnership in Test cricket history, the highest partnership in Australia, the highest against the West Indies, and the second-highest in Tests for Australia. It is also the sixth-highest ever partnership in Test history. In the Boxing Day Test, he became the third batsman to score over 1000 runs in his debut year (Mark Taylor with 1219 runs in 1989 and Alastair Cook with 1013 in 2006).
On 13 February 2016, during the First Test against New Zealand, Voges made his second Test double-century, scoring 239. During this innings, Voges broke the world record for the highest number of runs without a dismissal having previously scored 269* and 106* against the West Indies, for a total of 614, beating the previous record set by Sachin Tendulkar of 497. When he reached 172 not out his Test average passed 100, although when he was dismissed it dropped back to 97.46. His performances over the 2015–16 season were statistically some of the best of all time, scoring 969 runs at an average of 161.50, with only Bradman (twice) recording more than 500 runs at a higher season average.
Career best performances
|Test||269*||Australia v West Indies||Bellerive Oval, Hobart||2015|
|ODI||112*||Australia v West Indies||MCG, Melbourne||2013|
|T20I||51||Australia v West Indies||The Gabba, Brisbane||2013|
|FC||269*||Australia v West Indies||Bellerive Oval, Hobart||2015|
|LA||112*||Australia v West Indies||MCG, Melbourne||2013|
|T20||82*||Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire||Leeds, Yorkshire||2009|
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