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Voges calls time on international career

Australian batsman Adam Voges leaves the field after being dismissed by South African bowler Kyle Abbott for two runs on day four of the second Test last year.
Australian batsman Adam Voges leaves the field after being dismissed by South African bowler Kyle Abbott for two runs on day four of the second Test last year. DAVE HUNT

AUSTRALIAN batsman Adam Voges has announced his retirement from international cricket.

The 37-year-old Voges said leading the Prime Minister's XI against Sri Lanka in Canberra on Wednesday would be his final act as an international cricketer.

"This will be it for me," he said on Tuesday at a press conference. "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."

At the age of 35 he became the oldest ever debutant to make a ton after notching 130 against the West Indies in June 2015.

Twenty Tests later, despite boasting a batting average of 61.87 - second only to Sir Don Bradman (minimum of 20 Tests) - Voges was dropped after failing against South Africa in the ill-fated match in Hobart.

It was particularly devastating to fail on the very same ground where he reeled off an unbeaten 269 against the West Indies a year prior.

Middlesex last month confirmed Voges had signed as an overseas player for this season, which will be his fourth stint with the club.

From the minimum requirement of 20 Tests, Voges has the second highest average in history, but still well short of Sir Donald Bradman's famous 99.94 average.

Voges will finish his career as arguably the greatest statistical oddity in Australian cricket history.

Despite his lofty average, the length of his career means he can't possibly be compared to the likes of Ricky Ponting, Greg Chappell or Steve Waugh.

For so long, the humble batting average statistic has been the universal marker for Test batsmen. Voges may have put an end to this generalised assessment.

One of the harshest things you can say about a batsman is that they are a flat track bully.

Yet his numbers don't paint a flattering picture.

On debut in West Indies, Voges thrived when the rest of his teammates struggled. Since then, however, he has generally only succeeded in comfortable matches. He struggled badly as Australia slid to an Ashes defeat, averaged less than 20 in Sri Lanka and barely made a dent in the scoreboard against South Africa.

His form last summer was of course outstanding, but that was against teams that sit in the bottom half of the Test rankings.

Australia wanted another Chris Rogers. They yearned for a late developer who could be a sounding board for young captain Steve Smith. Voges was this and more against the West Indies and New Zealand. But it was a different story when the going got tough.

Voges averages 86.25 at home and 49 on foreign soil.

He played 12 Tests outside of Australia in varying conditions and, while he averaged 167 in the West Indies, he mustered just two half-centuries from 14 innings in Sri Lanka and England.

The West Australian endured a poor 2016. Since making 239 against the Kiwis in Wellington in early February, he had not scored above 47.

News Corp Australia

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