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Veteran Australia batsman Adam Voges has admitted that his international career is effectively over.
Voges, who has represented Australia in 20 Tests, 31 ODIs and seven Twenty20 Internationals, conceded that after losing his place in the Test squad following the second Test against South Africa in Hobart in November, he knew that it would be extremely difficult to regain his place.
Despite boasting an incredible average of 61.87 in the longest format, the 37-year-old is likely to feature in his last international level match when he captains the Prime Minister’s XI against Sri Lanka in a one-off Twenty20 next month.
“I’m done in terms of international cricket. I can probably acknowledge the fact I’m not getting back in the side,” Voges told Fairfax Media. “I’m realistic enough to understand my performances weren’t up to scratch in my last few Tests and we lost those games which means there is always going to be change.
“It’s always disappointing to get dropped or left out of the side, but there was only one person to blame and that was me.”
Even though Voges acknowledged that his international career is all but over, he admitted that he was glad to have been able to represent his country in all three formats of the game and added that he never thought he would feature in a Test match, let alone 20, a few years ago.
“Being such a late starter it was good to get an opportunity at all, because two years ago I probably thought I was never going to play Test cricket,” he said. “So to be able to play 20 Test matches and get that Baggy Green I worked so hard for over a long period of time is something I’ll look back on very fondly when it all finishes up.”