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'Old man' Voges joins the greats

Western Australian adds his name to an exclusive club with a double century in Hobart

Martin Smith

11 December 2015, 11:02 AM

Voges celebrates double-century

Late bloomer Adam Voges has joined an elite group of just five Australians to have scored a Test double century beyond his 35th birthday.

Voges, who turned 36 in October, moved to his maiden Test 200 on the second morning of the first Test against the West Indies with a single through cover off the bowling of Jason Holder.

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At the age of 36 and 68 days, the Western Australian is the fourth-oldest Australian to achieve the feat behind Test greats Sir Donald Bradman, Allan Border and Ricky Ponting. Jack Ryder is the only other Australian to have posted a Test double ton beyond the age of 35.

Voges is the 23rd oldest player in history to post 200, with South Africa's Eric Rowan the benchmark at the age of 42 and 6 days.

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The right-hander finished with 269 not out - his highest score in first-class cricket - with Australia declaring during the lunch break.

Voges scored a century on Test debut earlier this year at the age of 35, also against West Indies, becoming the oldest player to achieve the feat.

A short time after posting his 200, Voges also passed Ponting's Bellerive Oval record of 209 for the highest Test score at the ground.

And he surpassed Doug Walters's record of 242 for the highest score by an Australian against the Windies.

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Records tumbled early on day two in Hobart as Voges and state teammate Shaun Marsh continued to pummel the Windies bowlers.

The duo surpassed the record for the highest fourth-wicket partnership by any duo (437) and the highest partnership for any wicket against the West Indies (411).

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But they fell just two runs short of the all-time Australian record for any wicket, Marsh falling for 182 when the partnership was 449. It means the long-standing mark of 451 between Bradman and Bill Ponsford set against England in 1934 survives.