Former Australia Test batsman, Adam Voges has moved straight from playing into coaching, revealed Justin Langer‘s replacement as head coach in Western Australia.
Meanwhile, Voges was confirmed as the new coach of Western Australia and Perth Scorchers. However, the spot was empty since Langer replaced Darren Lehmann as head coach in the Australia team.
Voges retired from playing in February after the Scorchers lost their BBL semi-final against Hobart. Moreover, he had played 58 times for his nation including 20 Tests matches.
The 38-year old retired from first-class and one-day cricket last year. However, played one more year in BBL before bidding adieu.
Meanwhile, Voges had already decided on his target, as the coach in the West. With six WA players centrally contracted by Cricket Australia for the coming 12 months, Voges admitted he would focus next generation of cricketers in the west.
“We’ve had some terrific success in white ball cricket over the past few seasons and we’ve seen some great inclusions into the Australian team, but to keep our program strong we need to build depth in the next wave of WA cricketers,” Voges said. “The focus for this year is very much improving our red ball cricket and making sure we’re right up there in the Sheffield Shield,” he added.
It was a natural progression
WACA CEO, Christina Matthews said it was a natural progression to appoint Voges as the head coach.
She also lauded the legend and admitted Voges knows all the players and will hopefully do a great job.
“It was the natural progression to appoint Adam after Justin left. As captain, Adam played a huge role in helping to develop the culture that has delivered us considerable success over the past few years,” she said.
“Adam has an understanding of all the players and we know he works well with the current staff. Adam has a playing group that believes in his brand of leadership, players who have followed him for many years and look up to him as a trusted mentor and friend,” Christina added.
Meanwhile, Voges has a staggering Test average of 61.87, second best overall. Moreover, Voges bowed out with more than 10,000 runs to his name for Western Australia over a 15-year-career.