Voges announces State Cricket retirement
Popular Western Warriors captain Adam Voges has today announced his retirement from domestic state cricket effective at the end of this Sheffield Shield season after a decorated 15-year career.
Voges, 37, will play at the WACA Ground for Western Australia for the final time in the Round 10 match against New South Wales from Thursday. He will also be available for the Shield final in Alice Springs against Victoria should WA qualify.
The long-serving batsman, who recently overtook John Inverarity for most wins as WA’s Sheffield Shield captain list, said it was “the right time” to retire.
“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.”
Voges will play with Middlesex in the County Championship in England this year and hasn’t ruled out playing for the Perth Scorchers in the 2017-18 KFC Big Bash League.
Warnbro-raised Voges debuted for WA in 2002 and has, to this date, represented the state 111 times in the Sheffield Shield, scoring 7,433 runs including 19 centuries, to sit fourth on the state’s all-time Shield runs list.
Voges will finish his state career with the second most runs for WA in domestic one-day cricket, with 3,133 runs from 91 matches, behind only Justin Langer.
He also played 20 Tests, 31 One-Day Internationals and seven T20 Internationals for Australia, memorably becoming the oldest player in history to score a century on Test debut as a 35-year-old in 2015.
“There’s been so many people who’ve helped me along the way and influenced me during my 15-year career for WA,” Voges said.
“To my family, my wife Kristy and the kids who are my whole world and who keep life normal. You can often be in a bubble when you’re playing professional sport.
“They give me balance and meaning outside of that. They have been my biggest fans the whole way.
“I’ve spent a lot of time away from home, I look forward to being able to spend a lot more time with them.
“To my parents, as a youngster who loved cricket, being driven around constantly to games on weekends and to training sessions and bringing me up to the WACA and all the sacrifices that they made so I could have my chance to live out this dream, I can’t thank them enough.
“To the players who have been my team-mates and shared memories with along the way. I’ve made so many good friends from the game and have so many wonderful memories from representing WA and the friendships I’ve made along the way.
“To all the staff at the WACA and everyone who has played a part over the last 15 years in helping me achieve what I’ve been able to achieve, I can’t thank them enough.
“Finally to JL who, outside of my family, has no doubt been the biggest influence in my career, as a team-mate, friend and coach.
“He turned me from a steady state cricketer to someone who got an opportunity to play Test cricket, wear a baggy green and play 20 Tests for Australia. For that I’ll always be grateful.”
Langer heaped praise on Voges for his significant contribution to Western Australian cricket.
“Adam Voges is going to be really hard to replace as a captain, as a player and as a figure head in Western Australian cricket,” Langer said.
“One of our main philosophies in WA is we pick character over cover drives and he is an outstanding character.
“In terms of his cricket, his record speaks for itself. You can see from his remarkable records and statistics what an influence he’s had on Western Australian cricket.
“I love his resilience and physical and mental toughness. People might not see that, because he’s such a nice bloke, but physically he’s really tough.
“It’s a great story of perseverance, to wait until he’s 35-years-old and then to average 60 in Test cricket. One of my biggest highlights as a coach was when Adam Voges told me he was going to play Test cricket for Australia, I was so excited.
“It’s a story of perseverance, resilience, mental toughness, physical toughness, that’s what great Western Australians are all about and he’s a great example of that.”
Langer said Voges, who has captained WA in 54 Shield games, would be hard to replace and will be missed.
“We’re certainly going to have big challenges going forward to replace him,” Langer said.
“That said, I’m confident we’ve got people who’ll come in and fill his very big boots. He’ll be a tough one to replace.”
Voges will retire from state cricket with a long list of international and domestic records and milestones:
News Source: WACA Media
Adam Voges’ records
Highest Test score by a WA player – 269* v West Indies, Hobart 2015-16
Leading Test batting average by a WA player – 61.87
The oldest player ever to make a century on Test debut – 35 years, 243 days v West Indies, 2015
Most Sheffield Shield wins as WA captain* – 23
Most Sheffield Shield catches for WA by a non-wicketkeeper* – 168
Highest Sheffield Shield score by a WA captain – 249 v SA, Glenelg 2014-15
4th most Sheffield Shield runs by a WA player* – 7433 runs (behind only Langer, Moody, Hussey)
2nd most domestic one-day runs by a WA player – 3133 runs (behind only Langer)
4th most Sheffield Shield runs ever in a season – 1358 runs, 2014-15
The 20th man to score a century on debut for Australia
*Subject to change in remainder of Sheffield Shield season