Adam Voges’ test career started in June 2015 at the age of 35. He kicked it off with a century in his very first Test innings against the West Indies. Recently, he was dropped from the Australian team following Australia’s defeat in the 2nd Test against South Africa, with the Australian selectors subsequently opting for a more youthful look to their team.
Voges has played only 20 tests for Australia, but given the current outlook of the Australian selectors, combined with the fact that Voges is now 37, it seems rather unlikely that he would ever make it back in to the Australian test team. But it’s been an eventful 20 tests, and his performances have made sure that at least the record books will remember him. In the 2015-16 summer Down Under, he smashed the previous record for the most runs by a batsman between dismissals of 497 by Sachin Tendulkar , notching up 614 runs between dismissals with scores of 269* against West Indies in Hobart, 106* against the same opposition in Melbourne, and 239 against New Zealand at the Basin Reserve before finally being dismissed. However, if he indeed does not play Test cricket again for Australia, his most notable statistical presence would surely be this:
He would retire with the 2nd highest batting average of all time, behind only the great Sir Donald Bradman (minimum 20 test innings). As it stands, Voges has a career batting average of 61.88, ahead of legendary South Africa batsman, Graeme Pollock and “The Black Bradman”, George Headley who occupy the 3rd and 4th spots respectively.
Following is the top 5 list of batsmen with the best batting averages of all time:
|Adam Voges||Australia||2015 – present||20||31||1485||61.88|
|Graeme Pollock||South Africa||1963 – 1970||23||41||2256||60.97|
|George Headley||West Indies||1930 – 1954||22||40||2190||60.83|
|Herbert Sutcliffe||England||1924 – 1935||54||84||4555||60.73|