Retiring Alcohol.Think Again Western Warriors captain Adam Voges says he’s loved every minute of his WA career and felt the timing was right to finish up despite not lifting that elusive Sheffield Shield.
The 37-year-old batsman announced his retirement from domestic state cricket on Wednesday morning, having debuted for WA back in 2002.
Voges has played 111 Sheffield Shield matches to this point, ahead of Thursday’s must-win clash with New South Wales at the WACA Ground and is hoping to add two more.
WA needs to beat NSW and gain more than 0.36 bonus points than the Blues, while hoping Queensland and South Australia both fail to win their respective fixtures to qualify for the final.
Despite his longevity, Voges hadn’t played in a Shield final until three years ago, backing it up 12 months later with a century against the Vics in the decider, but WA failed to win on either occasion with qualifying for this year’s final appearing unlikely, meaning he may finish up without that elusive title.
"I won’t be unfulfilled,” Voges said. "I’ve never hid the fact I’ve been desperate to win a Sheffield Shield.
"It’s probably the only thing not on the sheet. I’d love to win out here starting tomorrow. I know the stars need to align a bit (to make the final).
"I’ve never hid my desire to win a Sheffield Shield, if that doesn’t happen it won’t be unfulfilled but it’s one thing I would’ve loved to have done.”
Voges has represented WA more than 200 times across all three formats, but spent the past five seasons as skipper.
That period was the most fruitful period of Voges’ career, earning a baggy green, playing 20 Tests for Australia and making five Test centuries, including a treasured ton at the WACA Ground.
"It’s obviously sad to think this will be my last season for WA,” Voges said.
"I’ve loved every minute of it. I’ve loved being able to drive through the gates every day.
"I think the last five years as captain have probably been some of the best of my career and probably some of the most enjoyable.
"I’m certainly going to miss that but I know these things don’t last forever and that the timing is right.”
Voges revealed he began strongly considering retirement following his demotion from the Test side following the Hobart Test against the South Africa and the concussion he suffered against Tasmania in November.
"The whole two weeks after the Test match in Hobart, the performance there, the scrutiny that came with that, obviously the concussion all happened within the space of a week, it probably took a fair bit out of me, probably more than I was willing to admit at the time,” Voges recalled.
"It took its toll. I’ve still worked really hard on my game since then. But my performances haven’t been as strong as I would’ve liked in this last little bit.
"I think that week maybe I started thinking about retirement a little bit more.
"I spoke to JL during that period I had off after the concussion and said ‘I’d probably keep playing until we couldn’t make the shield final’.
"Fortunately the boys have played wonderfully well in this second half and that’s allowed me to keep going. It’s meant I’ve been able to play the entire season.”
Play gets underway at the WACA Ground on Thursday at 10.30am.