General News | 20th March 2008
Voges signs for Notts
Nottinghamshire have moved to find cover for overseas batsman David Hussey by signing fellow Australian international Adam Voges on a short-term contract.
The 28-year-old from Western Australia will act as cover whenever his counterpart is unavailable this season, with Hussey expected to take part in the Indian Premier League which begins next month.
Notts Director of Cricket Mick Newell said: “Hussey’s decision to sign for the IPL was unexpected. We had an agreement with him and were looking forward to seeing him for the whole season, and had to decide whether we wanted him to be a part of our future plans.
“He has assured me that he is still very keen to play for Notts and is expected to arrive at Trent Bridge later in the summer.”
Voges has played once for Australia in One-Day Internationals and in two Twenty20 matches. He hit the headlines in 2004-05 when he hit his maiden one-day century for Western Australia off just 62 balls, which was then the fastest in the country’s domestic history.
He hit a career-best 180 for his state in this season’s Pura Cup competition and has scored 2,339 runs in 40 first-class games at an average of 40.32.
Newell added: “I’m confident Voges will prove a more than capable replacement. He’s got an excellent pedigree and should be more or less a straight swap. The aim is for him to slot in at number four in four-day and one-day cricket.
“He’s played international cricket for Australia and has a good record with the bat, bowls a bit of left-arm spin and by all accounts is an excellent fielder. He wants to make a role for himself in county cricket and will have that opportunity with us.”