Champions League 2013 September 30, 2013

Voges flies home from Champions League

21

Australia's plans for the forthcoming limited-overs tour of India have been complicated by the news that the middle order batsman, Adam Voges, has flown home from the Champions League due to a back complaint.

Having been ruled out of the Perth Scorchers' final match in the tournament against Mumbai Indians on October 2, Voges returned to Western Australia early, alongside another injured batsman, Liam Davis.

"Voges has an ongoing lower back complaint, and has returned to Perth for further investigation and management," the Scorchers said in a statement.

While Voges will attempt to be fit in time for the departure of the national squad at the end of this week, his injury could leave the selectors thinking more widely about possible replacement batsmen. The captain, Michael Clarke, is already expected to withdraw from the trip due to a chronic back condition.

The most obvious candidates to go to India include Steve Smith and David Warner, but both are marked down to play full schedules with New South Wales ahead of the home Ashes series, a ploy which will help them get used to Australian pitches before the first Test against England.

Other potential candidates for the subcontinent include another New South Welshman, Nic Maddinson, and the South Australia batsman Callum Ferguson, who retains a handsome record for Australia in 50-over matches, despite being called up sporadically by the current selection panel.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • ScottStevo on October 1, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    @landl47, in real trouble for batting a seriously tidy player in our brittle middle order? Yeah, makes sense, although he's been playing beautifully lately. Surely he couldn't do much worse than your number 6 or numbers 1,2,3 and 7 who also did very little in the last series...Personally, I'm hoping he continues his success in ODIs with a few good innings and starts the shield season big as I'd love to see him in the test side. Certainly I'd have chosen him before Smith, who averaged roughly the same as he did last shield season. He didn't do too bad in the last ashes when compared to the Eng top 6, did he?

  • hhillbumper on October 1, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    Tell me again why the best way to prepare for the Ashes is to play in India? Given the strength of the Aussie batting they should be used enough to batting for 50 overs already

  • JustIPL on October 1, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    He is an important player and has provided stablity to lower order. We hope that he gets his fitness and joins in due course.

  • kdevil3 on October 1, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Cricketis not just wining ashes or wining the test at home or T20 or ODI. its winning all matches. we can understand some experiment .but here that is not the case.So Please dont rest people unless it is really required. Lose ashes in England& win Back in Australia that was the plan of Aurther & clarke was just a nonsense. England have developed a nice bunch of players which they can rotate ,so they are the only team who can rest people for the Test ,ODI & T20 .

  • cricketsubh on October 1, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    if australia want to win ashes they need to take this odi series seriously i think this aus team can beat india in india . they have got strong bating line up and also worlds best odi pace attack ind is no 1 odi team in the world if aus beat them they go to australia being worlds no 1 odi team and boost their confident and go to ashes super confident .ckarke need to tour india becoz this is a young aus team this team need expereance player like clarke and also as a captain .i also pick smith to tour india .my 1st odi match team 1.haddin(wk).2.finch.3.watson.4.clarke(cap).5.berly6.voges/smith.7.henrices.8.dhoherty.9.mekey.10.fulkner.11.jhonson.

  • on October 1, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    Players now choosing to stay home rather than tour abroad to get used to their own home pitches????? Now thats a new one - we have all heard first class cricket being chosen over ODIs to get fitness back or to get form back or to go early on an abroad tour to acclimatize to conditions or to just focus on upcoming tests rather than "pointless" ODIs but acclimatizing to home conditions is surely a weird way to put it. How times change....

  • on October 1, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    Don't know why people keep calling for D.Hussey to be in the squad. He's 36 now. Has played 69 ODI's for an average of 30. He's still a decent player. Just not International quality anymore. Selectors should try a youngster such as Maddison or Burns .

  • OneEyedAussie on October 1, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    D.Hussey, White, Ferguson - take any of these but not someone who may play in the Ashes.

  • Dangertroy on October 1, 2013, 0:40 GMT

    I'd prefer to see smith play as much shield as possible, he is likely to play a substantial role in the ashes, so let him play 4 day cricket. I'd add Burns to the squad, even though his form isn't wonderful, I'd have him a spare around the team for some international experience. Hussey is a good choice if they want some overs out of him, although I'd love him to make a strong start the shield and get called into the test squad. Otherwise, Ferguson or Doolan?

  • Bonehead_maz on September 30, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    Now our batsmen are all getting injured in sympathy to the fast bowlers ! lol The obvious replacement is Smith. He was in the squad until injured and batted very well on Sunday. If both Clarke and Voges are out, I'd like to see Joe Burns spend some time in the senior squad.

  • ScottStevo on October 1, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    @landl47, in real trouble for batting a seriously tidy player in our brittle middle order? Yeah, makes sense, although he's been playing beautifully lately. Surely he couldn't do much worse than your number 6 or numbers 1,2,3 and 7 who also did very little in the last series...Personally, I'm hoping he continues his success in ODIs with a few good innings and starts the shield season big as I'd love to see him in the test side. Certainly I'd have chosen him before Smith, who averaged roughly the same as he did last shield season. He didn't do too bad in the last ashes when compared to the Eng top 6, did he?

  • hhillbumper on October 1, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    Tell me again why the best way to prepare for the Ashes is to play in India? Given the strength of the Aussie batting they should be used enough to batting for 50 overs already

  • JustIPL on October 1, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    He is an important player and has provided stablity to lower order. We hope that he gets his fitness and joins in due course.

  • kdevil3 on October 1, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Cricketis not just wining ashes or wining the test at home or T20 or ODI. its winning all matches. we can understand some experiment .but here that is not the case.So Please dont rest people unless it is really required. Lose ashes in England& win Back in Australia that was the plan of Aurther & clarke was just a nonsense. England have developed a nice bunch of players which they can rotate ,so they are the only team who can rest people for the Test ,ODI & T20 .

  • cricketsubh on October 1, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    if australia want to win ashes they need to take this odi series seriously i think this aus team can beat india in india . they have got strong bating line up and also worlds best odi pace attack ind is no 1 odi team in the world if aus beat them they go to australia being worlds no 1 odi team and boost their confident and go to ashes super confident .ckarke need to tour india becoz this is a young aus team this team need expereance player like clarke and also as a captain .i also pick smith to tour india .my 1st odi match team 1.haddin(wk).2.finch.3.watson.4.clarke(cap).5.berly6.voges/smith.7.henrices.8.dhoherty.9.mekey.10.fulkner.11.jhonson.

  • on October 1, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    Players now choosing to stay home rather than tour abroad to get used to their own home pitches????? Now thats a new one - we have all heard first class cricket being chosen over ODIs to get fitness back or to get form back or to go early on an abroad tour to acclimatize to conditions or to just focus on upcoming tests rather than "pointless" ODIs but acclimatizing to home conditions is surely a weird way to put it. How times change....

  • on October 1, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    Don't know why people keep calling for D.Hussey to be in the squad. He's 36 now. Has played 69 ODI's for an average of 30. He's still a decent player. Just not International quality anymore. Selectors should try a youngster such as Maddison or Burns .

  • OneEyedAussie on October 1, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    D.Hussey, White, Ferguson - take any of these but not someone who may play in the Ashes.

  • Dangertroy on October 1, 2013, 0:40 GMT

    I'd prefer to see smith play as much shield as possible, he is likely to play a substantial role in the ashes, so let him play 4 day cricket. I'd add Burns to the squad, even though his form isn't wonderful, I'd have him a spare around the team for some international experience. Hussey is a good choice if they want some overs out of him, although I'd love him to make a strong start the shield and get called into the test squad. Otherwise, Ferguson or Doolan?

  • Bonehead_maz on September 30, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    Now our batsmen are all getting injured in sympathy to the fast bowlers ! lol The obvious replacement is Smith. He was in the squad until injured and batted very well on Sunday. If both Clarke and Voges are out, I'd like to see Joe Burns spend some time in the senior squad.

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 30, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    @Matt Ramsay: Cricket Australia and James Sutherland are not saints either. We all know what those boys are up to. Speaking of proper pitches, is that why Australia fail to win every cricket game they play nowadays ? LOL ! Get ready to be smashed by the best ODI team on the planet. It doesn't have to be Australia; India can get anybody to fill in the gap according to their wish.

  • on September 30, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    Australia should be sending A-team. It is a pointless series with the sole purpose of adding more money to the already overflowing pockets of the corrupt BCCI.Any player who is in the test squad or on the fringe should be at home playing on proper pitches with red balls getting ready for the ashes.

  • GeoffreysMother on September 30, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Do you think this will be the last Champion's League? It is noticeable that whilst the Indian teams sport four overseas stars (and have first call on players from outside India) the other teams are turning up with purely local players (Ten Doschate is, I think ,the only overseas player outside the IPL teams). I assume they are just using the Champions League as a way of earning some quick money. There is nothing wrong with this of course, except that it is compromising home tournaments in Australia and South Africa. It does of course make the the Champions League fairly meaningless - certainly outside of India. I wonder if other countries will follow England in deciding that prioritising home tournaments is a better long term plan for their country and maintains the integrity of their own competitions? There are already rumblings about so many Australians missing the Ryobi League.

  • Thefakebook on September 30, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    Yeah Voges is a good supporting player but that's all he brings to the table,if someone is going great at one end he will do his best to make sure his mate gets a big score!His left arm spin is useful but Xavier do that job so...nothing much will be missed as far as Ferguson goes he should be added to the squad but Nic or Paine won't be bad too!

  • CricketChat on September 30, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Can't imagine Aussies would be impacted much by Voges' absence. He didn't do much in the matches he got to play in Ind this series.

  • ThinkingCricket on September 30, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    I'd hate to be Nic Maddinson if the selectors thought this way. There is nothing more infuriating for a player to be made a pawn in somebody's grand scheme. I bet the lad would want nothing more than to come over to India and play against the World's strongest side in hostile conditions. For some reason though, people think he is better off batting without pressure against mid-tier trundlers at home in the Sheffield Shield.

  • jeauxx on September 30, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    I agree Ferguson's probably the man then. Clarke (essentially a non-bowling batsman) to be replaced by Ferguson in the order, and Voges (spinning all-rounder) will probably make way for Maxwell, so that the side ends up being something like:

    Finch Hughes Watson Ferguson Bailey Haddin Maxwell Faulkner Johnson McKay Doherty

    Between Watson, Maxwell and Finch there's plenty of options for a fifth bowler. Aus might not even need a spare batsman, Henriques is capable. Rohrer might be a chance, otherwise Burns is an option, already being there for the CLT.

  • on September 30, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    replace him with hussey, will do both ball and bat and he has lot of Indian experience. if pup not fit replace him with callum. plz ensure maddo play another year in domestic circuit and debut him against eng in aus,not in alien conditions. he need another year or two to adapt for international cricket.

  • landl47 on September 30, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    Another victim claimed by T20 in a meaningless tournament. Too bad for Voges, who had played pretty well since returning to the Australian side.

    Warner is not in the Australian side because he was dropped due to lack of form, not because he is being saved for the Ashes. Steve Smith looks a possible replacement or Aus could give Ferguson a series. He's been around a while and isn't likely to be in Ashes contention (if he is, Aus are in real trouble).

    I hope they don't take Maddinson. As Australia's best young batting prospect he needs to be playing Shield at this stage in his career.

  • NKRISHNA on September 30, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    Well, here's another setback for the Aussies, absolutely inevitable. Callum Ferguson is an indeed good choice for a replacement because he has played for the Pune Warriors in the IPL and has some idea about the subcontinental conditions.

  • CricketMaan on September 30, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    Nic Maddy must be the obvious choice although i dont know how much he bowls. A like to like may be D Hussey, but i dont think he will play in 2015 WC.

  • No featured comments at the moment.

  • CricketMaan on September 30, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    Nic Maddy must be the obvious choice although i dont know how much he bowls. A like to like may be D Hussey, but i dont think he will play in 2015 WC.

  • NKRISHNA on September 30, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    Well, here's another setback for the Aussies, absolutely inevitable. Callum Ferguson is an indeed good choice for a replacement because he has played for the Pune Warriors in the IPL and has some idea about the subcontinental conditions.

  • landl47 on September 30, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    Another victim claimed by T20 in a meaningless tournament. Too bad for Voges, who had played pretty well since returning to the Australian side.

    Warner is not in the Australian side because he was dropped due to lack of form, not because he is being saved for the Ashes. Steve Smith looks a possible replacement or Aus could give Ferguson a series. He's been around a while and isn't likely to be in Ashes contention (if he is, Aus are in real trouble).

    I hope they don't take Maddinson. As Australia's best young batting prospect he needs to be playing Shield at this stage in his career.

  • on September 30, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    replace him with hussey, will do both ball and bat and he has lot of Indian experience. if pup not fit replace him with callum. plz ensure maddo play another year in domestic circuit and debut him against eng in aus,not in alien conditions. he need another year or two to adapt for international cricket.

  • jeauxx on September 30, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    I agree Ferguson's probably the man then. Clarke (essentially a non-bowling batsman) to be replaced by Ferguson in the order, and Voges (spinning all-rounder) will probably make way for Maxwell, so that the side ends up being something like:

    Finch Hughes Watson Ferguson Bailey Haddin Maxwell Faulkner Johnson McKay Doherty

    Between Watson, Maxwell and Finch there's plenty of options for a fifth bowler. Aus might not even need a spare batsman, Henriques is capable. Rohrer might be a chance, otherwise Burns is an option, already being there for the CLT.

  • ThinkingCricket on September 30, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    I'd hate to be Nic Maddinson if the selectors thought this way. There is nothing more infuriating for a player to be made a pawn in somebody's grand scheme. I bet the lad would want nothing more than to come over to India and play against the World's strongest side in hostile conditions. For some reason though, people think he is better off batting without pressure against mid-tier trundlers at home in the Sheffield Shield.

  • CricketChat on September 30, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Can't imagine Aussies would be impacted much by Voges' absence. He didn't do much in the matches he got to play in Ind this series.

  • Thefakebook on September 30, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    Yeah Voges is a good supporting player but that's all he brings to the table,if someone is going great at one end he will do his best to make sure his mate gets a big score!His left arm spin is useful but Xavier do that job so...nothing much will be missed as far as Ferguson goes he should be added to the squad but Nic or Paine won't be bad too!

  • GeoffreysMother on September 30, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Do you think this will be the last Champion's League? It is noticeable that whilst the Indian teams sport four overseas stars (and have first call on players from outside India) the other teams are turning up with purely local players (Ten Doschate is, I think ,the only overseas player outside the IPL teams). I assume they are just using the Champions League as a way of earning some quick money. There is nothing wrong with this of course, except that it is compromising home tournaments in Australia and South Africa. It does of course make the the Champions League fairly meaningless - certainly outside of India. I wonder if other countries will follow England in deciding that prioritising home tournaments is a better long term plan for their country and maintains the integrity of their own competitions? There are already rumblings about so many Australians missing the Ryobi League.

  • on September 30, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    Australia should be sending A-team. It is a pointless series with the sole purpose of adding more money to the already overflowing pockets of the corrupt BCCI.Any player who is in the test squad or on the fringe should be at home playing on proper pitches with red balls getting ready for the ashes.