Adam Voges has announced his retirement from domestic circuit, the cricketer confirmed the news on Wednesday (March 15). Voges retired from international cricket last month, a day before he had to lead Prime Minister XI against the visiting Sri Lankan team.
The 37-year-old batsman will play the Sheffield Shield game against New South Wales in Perth. The winner of the game will qualify for the final and we might see Voges playing for one last time.
“It was a decision that hasn’t been made lightly,” Voges said. It’s something I’ve been wrestling with and considering for a while but I feel now is the right time. This season has been particularly physically and mentally tough, after being left out of the Test team and no longer having the carrot of international cricket to strive for. After 15 years of first class cricket, my mind and body have been pushed to their limit. I have given my all to WA cricket.
“Ultimately my form this season hasn’t been good enough. I’ve always judged my season on how I have performed in the Sheffield Shield. This year I haven’t played as well as I would have liked,” the Western Australian skipper added.
Voges, though, will continue to play county cricket for Middlesex this season. He might also play for Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League.
Adam Voges’ Test career was nothing less than a fairy tale as he made his debut at the age of 35 with an unbeaten century against the West Indies at Roseau. Within a period of nine months, he broke records of legends like Sachin Tendulkar and Don Bradman. Voges scored 551 runs between two dismissals and eclipsed Tendulkar’s record, who had 497 runs between two dismissals. At that time, he averaged 100.33 in Tests and bettered Don Bradman’s record, who averages 99.94 in Tests.
But with a string of poor scores against Sri Lanka and South Africa, Voges knew that his international career was over and he announced his retirement from international cricket last month.
In 20 Tests, Voges scored 1,485 runs at an average of 61.87 with a highest score of 269* (against West Indies at Hobart). He also played 31 ODIs and hit 870 runs at an average of 45.78.