#Ashes: Adam Voges gets the all important Australia call

Adam Voges has been selected by Australia to tour West Indies and England alongside Western Australia teammates Shaun and Mitchell Marsh and Mitchell Johnson.

Victoria v Western Australia - Sheffield Shield Final: Day 1

Voges celebrates another Shieffield Shield ton in the final against Victoria

Despite leading the Perth Scorchers to the BBL|05 title and scoring well in excess of a thousand runs at an average of just over 100, the call came as a shock to Voges.

“It was a little bit of a surprise,” he commented upon his selection. “I’d had a good season, but I wasn’t really sure of where I stood and what the selectors were thinking.

“To be honest, this whole week was about gearing up for Middlesex and going to play over there - those plans have been thrown out the window a little bit now.”

Initially Voges had missed the all important call from national selector Rod Marsh.

“I missed Rod’s call; 7:30 in the morning, kids running around, the last thing I’m doing is answering my phone,” he admitted. “Then I got the voice message saying it was Rod Marsh and to call him back.

“I called him back in about three seconds, I reckon,” he added.”I got the good news, he said, ‘Well done, you’ve earned your spot, you’ve done really well in the past couple of years and you keep getting better. Keep getting better and good luck’.

“That was a really nice call to get.”

Voges will not feel alone on a plane boasting a number of his Western Australia colleagues.

First of all, I’m just really excited to be touring with Shaun and Mitch (Marsh) and Mitch Johnson as well,” he stated. “I’ve played a lot of cricket with those guys, so that’s a really exciting part.

“Yeah, there’s every chance that Shaun and I might be vying for the same spot, or Mitch even as well.

“That’ll be some friendly banter, but the competition will keep us going.

“We’re all very good friends, so whoever gets picked – well, if all three of us get picked, that’s the ideal situation – there’ll be plenty of support if guys miss out.”

James Buttler

James has been working as a cricket journalist and broadcaster since 2006.
As the editor of Cricket Badger he is intent on building the website to give quality coverage of the domestic game around the world.
James was the full-time Media Manager at Yorkshire County Cricket Club between 2007 and 2010.
James is a published author and a writer/video contributor to many cricket publications.
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