Adam Voges didn’t want to be remembered as “the guy who hit the ING sign”. But after a few lean seasons, it looked as if this might be the case. Fortunately, the Western Australian has taken his game to new heights in the past two seasons, which has seen him re-emerge in the national ODI and T20 sides.
In 2004, Voges grabbed all the headlines for an innings at North Sydney Oval that had to be seen to be believed. No one had heard of Voges, except for his friends and family. 62 balls later, he was the talk of the town, as he blasted the fastest century in the history of Australian domestic 50 over cricket. His knock included seven sixes and an extra $50,000 for hitting the sponsors sign outside the boundary.
His debut Shield season looked highly promising, with the young gun scoring 362 at just over 72.
A stunning start to the 2006/07 season saw Voges drafted into the Australian squad for the 3rd Ashes Test. The shock selection didn’t amount to a Test debut, but it gave him the satisfaction to know he was on the selectors’ radar.
Although he made both his ODI and international T20 debuts in 2007, Voges’ career was plateauing. Despite producing the odd hundred here and there, Voges would agree that his form hadn’t kicked on since that incredible start.
Fast forward a few years and it’s pretty clear something has changed. In the first Big Bash League, Voges played for the Melbourne Stars. He scored just 79 runs from five appearances at a strike rate of just under 107. He also didn’t hit any sixes.
Twelve months later, Voges decided to return home to play for the Perth Scorchers. The statistics couldn’t have been any better. In seven games, Voges scored 268 runs at an average of almost 45. His strike rate was a tick under 150, and his season included five maximums. He hasn’t looked back since.
The second coming of Adam Voges has seen him dominate in all forms of the game. Back to back scores of 77* and 112 in the Ryobi Cup cemented his spot in the Australian side to take on the West Indies.
He repaid the selectors’ faith with scores of 28 and 112*, before slamming 51 off 33 in the T20 clash at the Gabba.
With David Hussey out of the side, the Western Australian has a perfect opportunity to lock down a position in the Australian side. His ability to switch gears through an innings is Michael Bevan-like, while his bowling and fielding make him a threat without bat in hand.