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ADAM VOGES re­mains un­de­cided whether Mid­dle­sex’s rel­e­ga­tion de­cider with Som­er­set this week will be his last in first-class cricket.

The for­mer Aus­tralian Test star, who skip­pers the ten­ants of Lord’s in the do-or-die clash at Taun­ton, called it quits in Sh­effield Shield Cricket back home at the end of the Aus­tralian sum­mer.

And af­ter an in­jury-hit cam­paign in NW8 many ex­pected Voges would fol­low in the foot­steps of the great Ku­mar San­gakkara in con­firm­ing a fu­ture mi­nus the wil­low. It seems, how­ever, win or lose this week, the right-han­der – who turns 38 on Oc­to­ber 4, is in no hurry to have his crick­et­ing obit­u­ary writ­ten.

“I’m still keep­ing a very open mind at this stage,” said Voges about his playing fu­ture. “I’d like to get through the last game and see how it pans out and I’ll try not to make those de­ci­sions straight af­ter the end of the sea­son.

“I want to take time, take stock, see how the body feels and see if I’ve got the mo­ti­va­tion to go around again next year. We can an­swer that a bit later on.”

The fact An­gus Fraser’s men still had a chance to pre­serve their Di­vi­sion One sta­tus as they headed south-west was largely down to Steven Finn’s 8-79 in their 36-run win over Lan­cashire at the home of cricket last week.

It was Finn’s first five-wicket haul since the Ashes se­ries of 2015 and his spell was all the more mer­i­to­ri­ous given the firstin­nings in­jury to team­mate Toby Roland-Jones and the sub­se­quent demise of Ol­lie Rayner, which left the hosts with just three fit bowlers.

Roland-Jones was sub­se­quently di­ag­nosed with a stress frac­ture of the back, mak­ing him a se­ri­ous doubt for the Ashes tour start­ing in Novem­ber.

Finn’s con­tri­bu­tion could there­fore serve as a timely au­di­tion and Voges for one would be sur­prised if Eng­land don’t choose to un­leash the Mid­dle­sex player on his fel­low coun­try­men.

“If he bowls like that, he should go to Aus­tralia this win­ter, 100 per cent,” added the Aussie.

“Steven bowled as well as I’ve ever seen him bowl. We were a bowler down and that be­came two with Ol­lie suf­fer­ing his dodgy side, so for him [Finn] to stand up the way he did and lead the at­tack was su­perb.

“He wanted to bowl ev­ery over from the pav­il­ion end and that was a good sign that he didn’t want the ball taken out of his hand.

“He had rhythm, his pace was up and his ar­eas were good on a wicket where there was cer­tainly enough there for him.”

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