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Australia batsman Adam Voges has announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect.
Voges will be leading the Prime Minister’s XI in a Twenty20 match against Sri Lanka and confirmed that it will be his last game against an international side.
“This will be it for me,” Voges said. “I’m certainly looking forward to getting out there and playing this game. I’ve had an amazing couple of years with Australia with the Test team and I’ve loved every minute of it.
“I see this as a last opportunity to play against an international team and I’m certainly looking forward to that.”
Voges, whose last Test match for Australia came against South Africa in November last year, began his Test career with a bang as he became the oldest player to make a century on debut when he struck an unbeaten 130 against the West Indies at the age of 35 in Dominica in June 2015.
Despite struggling in the Ashes series in England that year, he enjoyed a highly successful summer as he made a century against New Zealand in November 2015 and followed that up with knocks of 269 not out and 106 not out against the West Indies a month later.
In February last year, he scored his second double hundred as he made a brilliant 239 against New Zealand in Wellington.
After that though, his form with the bat took a turn for the worse as he wasn’t able to record a half-century in the three-Test tour of Sri Lanka and in the two Tests he played against South Africa before being dropped.
All in all, Voges finished with an average of 61.87, the second-highest among all batsmen to have played at least 20 Tests.
In regards to his limited overs career, the Perth native represented his country in 31 ODIs and seven Twenty20 Internationals, averaging 45.78 and 46.33 respectively.