General News | 3rd February 2009
Voges Gets Australia Call
Notts overseas batsman Adam Voges has been added to the Australia squad for two one day internationals against New Zealand next week.
The Australian was the standout performer as Western Australia beat Queensland at The Gabba on Saturday, taking seven catches at first slip and hitting a match winning 80 off 75 balls.
Voges joins Callum Ferguson in the squad to replace rested captain Ricky Ponting and injured opener Shaun Marsh.
"It did come as a bit of a surprise, a nice surprise I guess, but it always nice to get that phone call," said Voges, who has signed a deal to return to Trent Bridge for the 2009 season.
"I spoke to Shaun Marsh to see how he was going, and obviously it is never great that a guy misses out through injury. It has given me a small opportunity, and if I get to have a crack I can make the most of it.
"I don’t think I ever gave up hope of getting back and getting another opportunity, but it has always been a very strong team and a tough team to get into.”
Voges averaged 34.37 in the LV County Championship for Nottinghamshire last season, 39.66 in the Frieds Provident Trophy and topped the club’s averages in the Twenty20 Cup (37.75) and NatWest Pro40 (114.50).
Australia face four more fixtures against New Zealand in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy, having lost the first fixture in Perth on the final ball.
Australia squad: David Warner, James Hopes, Callum Ferguson, Michael Clarke (capt), David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Cameron White, Adam Voges, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Bracken, Ben Hilfenhaus, Shaun Tait.