Sydney - Adam Voges announced his retirement from Australian
first-class cricket on Wednesday, departing the domestic game as the oldest
player to score a Test century on debut.
The middle-order batsman played 20 Tests, 31 one-dayers and
seven Twenty20s for his country in an international career spanning 10 years
with a batting average above 45 across all forms of the game.
Failing to catch the eye of selectors this year led the West
Australian captain to announce his retirement at the end of the current
Sheffield Shield season, although he still plans to play the T20 Big Bash
League and for English county Middlesex.
"It's something I've been wrestling with and
considering for a while but I feel now is the right time," said the
"This season has been particularly physically and
mentally tough, after being left out of the Test team and no longer having the
carrot of international cricket to strive for.
"After 15 years of first-class cricket, my mind and
body have been pushed to their limit. I have given my all to WA cricket."
At the age of 35, Voges made a first innings 130 not out in
his Test debut against the West Indies in 2015.
He leaves with a Test average of 68.87, second only to
Donald Bradman in highest averages among players who have featured in more than
Aussie spinner Xavier Doherty also announced Wednesday that
he will hang up his pads after representing Australia in all forms of the game
between 2010 to 2015.
The 34-year-old took more than 70 international scalps
across his four Tests, 60 ODIs and 11 Twenty20s. He will continue to make
himself available for the Big Bash.