Australia news February 14, 2017

Voges announces international retirement

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Adam Voges retires with one of the highest averages in Test cricket

Adam Voges has indicated that his days as an international cricketer are over. A day before he is scheduled to lead the Prime Minister's XI against the visiting Sri Lankans in Canberra, Voges said it would be his last game against an international team.

"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, 37, has not played a Test match since suffering a concussion during Western Australia's Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania in November. Having failed in the first two Tests against South Africa, this game served as a chance to score runs and keep himself in the reckoning for the third Test. Peter Handscomb took Voges' spot at No. 5, scored a half-century on Test debut, and has established himself as a first-choice member of Australia's line-up.

Voges, who won his Baggy Green in 2015, aged 35, became the oldest debut centurion when he scored an unbeaten 130 against West Indies in Dominica. He struggled through the Ashes tour of England that followed but kept his place in the side and went on to enjoy a storming 2015-16 season that fetched him a century against New Zealand at the WACA, an unbeaten 269 against West Indies in Hobart and another double-hundred in Wellington.

His batting average, after the tour of New Zealand, stood at 95.50 after 15 Tests. It fell to 61.87 after sub-par series against Sri Lanka away and South Africa at home, but he ends his career, nonetheless, with the second-highest average - behind only Don Bradman - among all batsmen with a minimum of 20 Tests.

Voges' stint in the Test side was the second half of a two-part international career. Between February 2007 and November 2013, he played 38 limited-overs games, scoring 870 ODI runs at 45.78 and 139 T20I runs at 46.33.

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  • Lins2 on February 16, 2017, 7:01 GMT

    Wishing you all the best for the future, Adam, both within cricket and beyond the sport. You have much to be proud of in what you achieved at an international level and in terms of how you play the game.

  • BRADMANBESTEVER on February 16, 2017, 5:54 GMT

    As a statistician, an average is the best single measure but it is not without problems. You need a large enough sample, say 30 innings, and no "extreme values". They should also report the median along with the mean.

  • Mad_Hamish on February 16, 2017, 3:35 GMT

    @JohnYelton I'm not sure of the current method of calculating the ICC rankings is but there used to be a large discount on your rankings until you'd played a certain amount of innings. I'd query the ranking system as being objective when it's got a whole heap of assumptions built into it.

  • Mad_Hamish on February 16, 2017, 3:33 GMT

    @siddharthxoom the problem is he only debuted in his mid-30s. As far as the cutoff goes it's normally 15 or 20 innings or 1000 runs. Largely so that people from earlier eras can get a look in. Voges makes the list unless you start going to 35 innings or 1500 runs.

  • Mad_Hamish on February 16, 2017, 1:30 GMT

    @Rajesh_india_1990 anybody who's looked at footage of the quick bowlers around in Bradman's time and reckons that they're bowling around 100kmph is completely clueless. As far as Steve Smith in India goes he played there in 2012/13 and averaged in to the 40s.

  • siddharthxoom on February 15, 2017, 16:44 GMT

    A good player, but it would be a shame that player with second highest average would be retiring only after couple of seasons. First season was awsome for him and second dismal. Third one mostly was injuries. On papers and stats, yes his avg would be second highest, but am sure most of the record books or statisticians have a min number of innings or min number of runs criteria and voges wont and shouldn't fit in there.

  • Fogu on February 15, 2017, 14:37 GMT

    Alex400 - Average calculation is correct but what you infer from it is what matters. If you just take the average and make that the basis of your argument, then more often you would be wrong. It is just one calculation among a host of others. A judgement should be based on all factors and not just a number. Even Voges would admit that he is nowhere nearly as good as half of the current players. He did his best, playing his game, for his country and should be applauded. Not many gets to play for their country.

  • JohnYelton on February 15, 2017, 14:28 GMT

    Averages are facts but tell only a fraction of the story. The ICC rankings are more subtle, and give a more reliable picture. Voges retires from position 18 in the world. He briefly rose to number 5 when he was scoring lots of runs. Sounds reasonable to me. If we simply look at averages we soon start talking about Andy Ganteaume and Rodney Redmond - or saying what would have happened had Jimmy Adams of the West Indies not carried on playing after his great run early in his career. The ICC rankings are objective, and always seem to me to give a better picture than either the averages or the biased opinions of individuals.

  • BRADMANBESTEVER on February 15, 2017, 13:43 GMT

    Bradman was not only the best cricketer to have ever lived - he was the best ball sport player who ever lived. Such was his extreme abilities - never before seen and never seen since

  • cricfan61188271 on February 15, 2017, 12:14 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan fan I wish him for great future. He has been a great player with exceptional aaverage. All best.your little period of cricket made some memorable memories

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