Adam Voges

Adam Voges

Voges in January 2008
Personal information
Full name Adam Charles Voges
Born (1979-10-04) 4 October 1979
Subiaco, Western Australia,
Nickname Kenny
Height 187 cm (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Role Batsman
International information
National side
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 (cap 28) 11 December 2007 v New Zealand
Last T20I 13 February 2013 v West Indies
Domestic team information
2002–present Western Australia
2007 Hampshire
2008–2012 Nottinghamshire
2010 Rajasthan Royals
2011 Melbourne Stars
2012–present Perth Scorchers (squad no. 32)
2013–present Middlesex
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 20 31 195 184
Runs scored 1,485 870 13,255 5,883
Batting average 61.87 45.78 47.33 43.90
100s/50s 5/4 1/4 32/67 5/46
Top score 269* 112* 269* 112*
Balls bowled 76 301 3,632 1,881
Wickets 0 6 54 39
Bowling average 46.00 35.64 41.12
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 1/3 4/92 3/20
Catches/stumpings 15/– 7/– 255/– 74/–
Source: ESPN Cricinfo, 20 November 2016

Adam Charles Voges (/ˈvz/, born 4 October 1979) is an Australian cricketer who has played for the Australian national team at Test, One Day International (ODI), and Twenty20 International (T20I) level, and is the current captain of Western Australia and Perth Scorchers in domestic cricket.

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 from both roles, Voges was appointed acting captain of both 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 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.[2]

Early career

Born in Subiaco, Western Australia, Voges was raised in Rockingham, and attended Safety Bay Senior High School.[3] 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.[4] 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.

2004/05-05/06 seasons

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

Voges batting for WA against Victoria in the 2009-10 KFC Twenty20 Big Bash.

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." [5]

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.[6]

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".[7]

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.

Voges also played for the Rajasthan Royals in the 2010 IPL Season.

2015 Test debut and stand-in vice-captaincy

Voges playing for Australia in 2015

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.[8][9] He also became the oldest Test debut centurion from all nations. He also became the oldest player to win a man-of-the-match award on Test debut. He 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, eclipsing 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.[10]

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.[11] 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).[12]

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.[2] When he reached 172 not out his Test average passed 100,[13] although when he was dismissed it dropped back to 97.46. After the next Test match, his career average had dropped to 95.5, but he remained second to Sir Donald Bradman's iconic average of 99.94, well clear of the group of next best players with averages of approximately 60.[14] 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.[15]

International centuries

Test centuries

Adam Voges' Test centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 130* 1  West Indies Dominica Roseau, Dominica Windsor Park 2015 Won
2 119 9  New Zealand Australia Perth, Australia WACA Ground 2015 Drawn
3 269* 11  West Indies Australia Hobart, Australia Bellerive Oval 2015 Won
4 106* 12  West Indies Australia Melbourne, Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground 2015 Won
5 239 14  New Zealand New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand Basin Reserve 2016 Won

One Day International centuries

Adam Voges' One Day International centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 112* 17  West Indies Australia Melbourne, Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground 2013 Won

International awards

Test cricket

Man of the Match awards

S No Series Season Match Performance Result
1 1st Test – Frank Worrell Trophy Test Series 2015 1st Innings: 1 ct; 130* (247 balls: 13×4, 1x6)
2nd Innings: 2–0–15–0; DNB
 Australia won by 9 wickets.[16]
2 1st Test – Frank Worrell Trophy Test Series 2015/16 1st Innings: 269* (285 balls: 33×4)
2nd Innings: DNB
 Australia won by an innings and 212 runs.[17]
3 1st Test – Trans-Tasman Trophy Test Series 2015/16 1st Innings: 1 ct. ; 239 (364 balls: 30×4, 3×6)
2nd Innings: DNB
 Australia won by an innings and 52 runs.[18]

Man of the Series awards

S No Series Season Series Performance Result
1 Frank Worrell Trophy Test Series 2015/16 Runs: 375 with 2 centuries; Inns - 2, NO - 2, Ave - NA, SR - 83.14 (3 Matches)  Australia won the series 2-0.[19]

One Day International cricket

Man of the Match awards

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 England WACA, Perth 6 February 2011 80* (72 balls: 4x4); DNB  Australia won by 57 runs.[20]
2 West Indies MCG, Melbourne 10 February 2013 112* (106 balls: 10x4, 2x6); DNB  Australia won by 17 runs.[21]

Career best performances

Score Fixture Venue Season
Test 269* Australia v West Indies Bellerive Oval, Hobart 2015 [22]
ODI 112* Australia v West Indies MCG, Melbourne 2013 [23]
T20I 51 Australia v West Indies The Gabba, Brisbane 2013 [24]
FC 269* Australia v West Indies Bellerive Oval, Hobart 2015 [22]
LA 112* Australia v West Indies MCG, Melbourne 2013 [23]
T20 82* Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire Leeds, Yorkshire 2009 [25]

See also


  1. "Adam Voges". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  2. 1 2 Adam Voges: Australia batsman takes Test average over 100 in New Zealand, BBC Sport, 2016-02-13. Retrieved 2016-03-13.
  3. Adam Voges player profile – Perth Scorchers. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  4. History: 1990s – Melville Cricket Club. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  5. Andrew Miller, Voges looks over his shoulder for call-up, Cricinfo, 8 December 2006. Retrieved 9 December 2006.
  6. "". Retrieved 2015-12-30.
  7. Cricinfo staff (17 March 2009), Voges puts wife before work,, retrieved 17 March 2009
  8. "Australia tour of West Indies, 1st Test: West Indies v Australia at Roseau, Jun 3-7, 2015". ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  9. "Adam Voges scores century on Test debut to rescue Aussies". 9 News. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  10. "'Old man' Voges joins the greats". Retrieved 2015-12-11.
  11. Voges, Marsh notch up record fourth-wicket stand in Tests
  12. "WI 91/6 (43.0 ov, CR Brathwaite 3*, DM Bravo 13*, PM Siddle 2/19) - Stumps | Live Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
  13. Wu, Andrew (13 February 2016). "Australia v New Zealand Test series: Adam Voges bumps average beyond 100, passes Sir Donald Bradman".
  14. "Records / Test matches / Batting records / Highest career batting average". Archived from the original on 27 February 2016.
  15. Seervi, Bharath (24 February 2016). "Runs and records for Australia's top five".
  16. "Australia tour of West Indies, 2015 – West Indies v Australia 1st Test Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 5 June 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  17. "West Indies tour of Australia, 1st Test: Australia v West Indies at Hobart, Dec 10-12, 2015". ESPNcricinfo. 12 December 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  18. "Trans-Tasman Trophy [Australia in New Zealand] - 1st Test at Wellington, Feb 12-15, 2016". ESPNcricinfo. 15 February 2016. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  19. "West Indies tour of Australia, 2015/16". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  20. "England in Australia ODI Series, 2010/11 – Australia v England Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 6 February 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  21. "West Indies in Australia ODI Series, 2012/13 – Australia v West Indies Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 10 February 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  22. 1 2 "West Indies tour of Australia, 2015/16 - Australia v West Indies Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 12 December 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  23. 1 2 "West Indies tour of Australia, 2012/13 - Australia v West Indies Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 10 February 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  24. "West Indies tour of Australia, 2012/13 - Australia v West Indies Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  25. "Twenty20 Cup, 2009 - Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 4 June 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2016.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Chris Rogers
Middlesex County cricket captain
Succeeded by
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