Voges now has his sights set on the Champions Trophy
Australia batsman Adam Voges has credited former batting coach Justin Langer for helping him revive his international career after he scored an impressive century against the West Indies last month.
Prior to the start of that series, Voges honestly felt that his international career was over at the age of 33, until he was given a break and took full advantage of the opportunity he was given.
Voges’ blazing hot form with the bat started during the Big Bash League, but after scoring a century in the final match of the ODI series against the West Indies, Voges will now have to wait till the Champions Trophy in June to be able to represent Australia in ODIs once again.
“We pretty much didn’t have a coach, we were bottom of the ladder in both competitions and things weren’t going great,” Voges said. “It’s amazing how quickly things can change around. I think Justin Langer can take a lot of credit for that, not only for the success WA has had in the recent month or so but for my form as well.
“He along with my batting coach Wayne Andrews have just tinkered a little bit with my technique. We did that just before the Big Bash and managed to gain a bit of confidence just before the Big Bash and have carried on since then, which has been great.”
Since making his debut in 2007, Voges has only played 17 ODIs out of a possible 164 and has never played more than three matches in a row.
Voges’ lack of playing time cannot solely be attributed to his lack of form, but instead to the fact that he has never really grabbed his chances and took full advantage of them.
With the 2015 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup also coming up, the Australian selectors are looking to build a team full of youngsters that will be the squad of the future and Voges knows that his chances of playing in the World Cup are slim at best.
“It’s been two years since I played my last ODI game,” Voges said. “I guess you never say never.
“The longer you are away from the team maybe you think that opportunity might not come around again but the great thing is that the selectors have brought me back in when I’ve been playing well. The best time to get picked is when you’re scoring runs. You’ve got to make the most of it while it does last but I’m enjoying my cricket at the moment.
“All I can do is make every opportunity count as best I can. I don’t know when that next opportunity will come.”
Voges also represented Australia in a one-off match against England in February 2011, where he scored 80 runs, but the only reason he made the team was due to the fact that the senior players were being rested.
“It was a bit of a funny one because it was the last game of a series before a World Cup and that squad had already been picked,” Voges said. “So it didn’t really matter how well or poorly I performed in that game, I knew I wasn’t playing the next one. Maybe that was not a bad thing because you play without a lot of fear then. It was just the circumstance at the time, there was a World Cup on and I knew I wasn’t going to be around for that. It was a bit of a long wait but it’s nice to be back.”