Adam Voges announces retirement from international cricket
Adam Voges, the oldest man to score a century on debut, retires with the best average behind Sir Don Bradman for any batsman to have played at least 20 Tests.cricket Updated: Feb 14, 2017 22:52 IST
Australia’s Adam Voges has decided to retire from international cricket, according to an espncricinfo report. Voges, who at 35 had become the oldest man in Test history to score a century on debut, said this a day before leading the Prime Minister’s XI against the touring Sri Lankans in Canberra.
“This will be it for me,” Voges said. “I’m certainly looking forward to getting out there and playing this game. I’ve had an amazing couple of years with Australia with the Test team and I’ve loved every minute of it.
“I see this as a last opportunity to play against an international team and I’m certainly looking forward to that.”
Voges hasn’t played a Test since suffering a concussion during Western Australia’s Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania last November. Ever since scoring 130 against West Indies in Dominica on debut, Voges has had a roller-coaster ride in Tests.
He couldn’t do much in the ensuing Ashes in England but then a prolific phase saw him score two double centuries against West Indies and New Zealand. Voges was averaging 95.50 after 15 Tests then but couldn’t keep up that form in the away series against Sri Lanka and an equally disappointing home series against South Africa.
His average dropped to 61.87 after that but Voges still retires with the highest average only behind Don Bradman for all batsmen to have played at least 20 Tests. He has 1485 runs to his name with five centuries and four fifties. He retires just two short of 1000 ODI runs at an average of 45.78, with one century and four fifties, and 139 T20I runs at 46.33.