Adam Voges: A man who played like Bradman
When a 23-year-old Adam Voges set the record for the fastest century in domestic competition just in his second match back in 2004 by smashing 100 off just 62 balls, he looked destined to wear the baggy green for a long time but less we knew that it will take him 11 years to represent Australia in the longer format.
The selectors did give him a chance in the limited overs format in 2007 when he made his T20 debut against New Zealand and followed it with his ODI debut 3 months later against the same opposition but over 12,000 first-class runs at an average of above 48 called for more opportunities.
He finally got the chance to represent the national side in 2015 when he made his debut against the West Indies at the age of 35 and the world will remember it as one of the most spirited stories of all-time.
Exceptional arrival at International level
He celebrated his arrival at the Test level by becoming the oldest centurion from all the Test playing nations. It took him no time to break a few more records as Voges scored centuries after century and at one point his batting average was in the 90s drawing comparisons with the great Sir Don Bradman.
He became the only Australian to score a double-century against the West Indies when he piled on 269 not out at the age of 36 years and 68 days. His 449-run stand with Shaun Marsh was the sixth-highest ever partnership in Test cricket for any wicket.
Voges made 1485 runs in 20 Tests at an enviable average of 61.88 including two 200s.
Did the selectors miss a trick?
As much as you need to praise players like Michael Hussey, Adam Voges and Chris Rogers for hanging in and making it big so late in their careers, it also shows you the flaws in Cricket Australia’s selection system.
If these guys were good enough to represent the side and did incredibly well at such an old age why were they not given a chance earlier.
It is understandable that Aussies boasted a strong side till the 2007 World Cup but it hasn’t been the case since then.
Voges will live in the hearts of fans for giving a short yet memorable international stint.