Melbourne [Australia], April. 3 (ANI): Former Australian cricketer Adam Voges, who ended his career with the second-highest Test batting average in the game’s history, has admitted he feels content with what he achieved and had a “terrific time” playing international cricket.
Voges called curtains on his international career in January when appointed captain of the Prime Minister’s XI for their T20 fixture against Sri Lanka.
However, he confirmed at Western Australian Cricket Association end-of-season awards night that he would play with the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League (BBL) this season.
In an interview with ESPNcricinfo, the 37-year-old said had he known that he would known a few years back that he would end his Test career at 61, he would have taken it.
“Exactly. If you’d told me a few years ago I’d get the chance to play 20 Tests and end up with an average of 61, I would have taken it every day of the week. I had a terrific time playing international cricket,” he said.
“I got picked at the right time, and sometimes that timing is everything. I was in good form, I was really confident. I knew my game really well. And I was in a purple patch that lasted for a fair time. I certainly enjoyed every bit of it,” he added.
Voges had lost his spot in Test side in November after suffering a concussion while batting for Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield, but his grip on the No.5 spot in Australia’s middle-order already appeared shaky following a lean run with the bat.
The 37-year-old has represented Australia 38 times in limited-overs formats, in addition to the 20 Tests.
His batting average, after the tour of New Zealand, stood at 95.50 after 15 Tests. It fell to 61.87 after Test series against Sri Lanka and South Africa. Nonetheless, he ends his international Test career with the second-highest average – behind only Don Bradman – among all batsmen with a minimum of 20 Tests. (ANI)
This is published unedited from the ANI feed.