Late-blooming Australia batsman Adam Voges and spin bowler Xavier Doherty announced on Wednesday they will retire from international and state cricket at the end of the domestic Sheffield Shield season.
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Voges, 37, produced a mountain of runs in a 20-test cameo late in his career and leaves the game with the second-highest batting average (61.87) among players with at least 20 innings.
Only the great Donald Bradman, who averaged 99.94 from 52 matches, has a better record than the mild-mannered Western Australian on the all-time list.
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Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland praised Voges’ impact both on and off the pitch.
“Adam has made an outstanding contribution to Australian cricket, and we congratulate him on his achievements with both Australia and Western Australia,” Sutherland said in a media release.
“An exceptional batsman and leader, Adam has represented his country in exemplary fashion not only with his run-scoring feats, but also in the manner with which he conducts himself both on and off the field.”
Left-arm spinner Doherty bows out at 34 after playing 60 one-day matches, 11 Twenty20’s and four tests in an international career spanning 2010-15.
The slow bowler, nicknamed ‘X’, would still be available for the domestic ‘Big Bash’ Twenty20 tournament in the Australian summer, Cricket Australia said.
Voges played 31 ODIs and seven T20I’s from 2007-13, recording exceptional batting averages of above 45 in both formats, but he will long be remembered for the late flowering of his test career.