Voges may be our new Rogers
AS AUSTRALIA prepares to clear the decks and back young talent for the next tour of Bangladesh, Adam Voges could be the one experienced head that survives the cull.
Voges and wicketkeeper Peter Nevill have been upgraded to Cricket Australia contracts, having now played enough Test matches over recent weeks to trigger the increase.
The 35-year-old West Australian shapes as the new Chris Rogers, a veteran hand who selectors believe can play an important stabilising role.
Voges has been disappointing this Ashes tour, but his extraordinary record in Sheffield Shield cricket last season will have Australia confident the right-hander can lift for the home summer and be a middle-order rock.
Rogers had his second coming in Test cricket as a 35-year-old and he will retire as Australia’s best performer this Ashes series.
Selectors’ faith in Rogers’ experience has paid off.
The minimum Cricket Australia contract sits at $250,000 a year and Voges and Nevill would have almost doubled their previous earnings from playing state cricket for WA and NSW respectively.
Ashes players also receive a $300,000 bonus for touring so even though the campaign ended in disaster; it’s been a big few months for the pair.
Nevill, 29, will now get a sustained shot at cementing his place as Australia’s No.1 gloveman.