The Courier-Mail

Voges may be our new Rogers

- BEN HORNE

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.

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