I want to be the number 1 Test batsman in the world: Voges

 

Talking recently in the lead up to the Australian series against New Zealand, Adam Voges was steeling himself for the challenges and opportunities ahead.

"I'd love to be in Steve Smith's position and be the number one Test batsman in the world. I know that's probably a little ambitious but that's what goals are about," he said.

After the best past of fifteen years in the system as a Warrior, Voges is still enjoying his cricket and was always spurred on by the success of fellow journeymen with identical tales to his.

"You never give up hope that you can play for Australia and get a Baggy Green, but I guess the older you get you may see that slipping away.

"You see guys like Chris Rogers and even Mike Hussey who got International careers later on and had a lot of success as well, so there was always that hope," Voges said.

He finally did pull on that Baggy Green in Dominica nine months ago, but it was the runs he piled-on during that domestic season that forced him further into the watchful eye of the Australian selectors.

He closed out the 2014/15 Sheffield Shield season with a whopping 1,358 runs at an average of 104.46, finishing 300 runs clear of fellow veteran Michael Klinger to comfortably top the competition's run scorer's list.

"I think you should reward guys who perform - it can be as simple as that. If you're making runs or you're taking wickets, regardless of age or experience, then I think you should be rewarded," he said.

His late bloom is clear in his astonishing Test numbers. His 13 Tests to date have returned 1,028 runs at 85.66, include four centuries and that unbeaten 269 against the West Indies at Bellerive Oval back in December.

The 36-year-old isn't prepared to rest on his laurels, as he targets world cricket's top spot on the Test batting list.

"I think I can still get better. I'm always looking to try and improve and until the day I finish I'll still be trying to do that," he said.

Voges doesn't plan on slowing down any time soon, as he looks to stretch out a Test career that kicked off at an age where most would have already hung up the spikes.

"I don't put a time frame on things at the moment. I'm loving playing Test cricket and I started late, so hopefully I can enjoy it for a little bit longer.

"I'm well aware that I need to continue to perform well and keep scoring runs to keep my place in the team," he said.

The Australian batsmen will be under the microscope in New Zealand conditions after facing scrutiny about their ability to face the swinging ball, but Voges sees the opportunities in yet another challenge in his career.

"Playing Test cricket away from home is something we still need to get better at and adapting to different conditions, so I think that will be a great test for myself," he explained.