Adam Voges, whose career Test average is second only to the legendary Don Bradman, has announced his retirement from international cricket.
The late Bradman’s career aggregate reached 99.94 across 80 knocks, while Voges gathered 61.87 across his 31. Admittedly, substantially less than ‘The Don’, but a long shot more than other Australians with 20 innings or more.
Steven Smith, currently averaging 60.15, might eclipse Voges eventually. But gone are the days of Greg Chappell (53.86), Ricky Ponting (51.85), Jack Ryder (51.26), Michael Hussey (51.52) and Steve Waugh (51.06).
Peter Handscomb, of course, has lept to 99.75, after two centuries, two half-tons and three not outs in seven innings. Time will soon tell whether or not the young right-hander maintains these impressive numbers during a challenging tour of India.
The talented right-hander enjoyed a meteoric rise, welcoming a fine 130 not out on debut against the West Indies in June 2015, before recording a prolific 269 not out and 106 not out in consecutive innings against the same opposition six months later.
He also took a liking to the New Zealand bowling attack, cherishing 239 and 119 against them in Wellington and Perth, respectively.
His final two Test series, against Sri Lanka and South Africa, however, brought about the end. He managed a mere 148 runs in 10 innings – before the selectors gave up on the struggling 37-year-old
What he said
“This will be it for me. 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,” stated Voges, who will lead the Prime Minister’s XI against Sri Lanka this week, in announcing his retirement.
For the record, while Bradman and Voges head the list of highest Test averages (minimum innings: 20), the remainder of the 10 is as follows…
3. Graeme Pollock (South Africa): 60.97
4. George Headley (West Indies): 60.83
5. Herbert Sutcliffe (England): 60.73
6. Steven Smith (Australia): 60.15
7. Eddie Paynter (England): 59.23
8. Ken Barrington (England): 58.67
9. Everton Weekes (West Indies): 58.61
10. Wally Hammond (England): 58.45