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Adam Voges has turned international career around after nearly being dropped last year

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Cast your mind back to August last year, the fourth test of the Ashes when Adam Voges left the Trent Bridge playing arena.

He was dismissed for just one in the midst of a major collapse. He looked like a player who had played his last test match innings after coming into the team only a few months before.

The writing was well and truly on the wall.

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A gritty half-century in the second innings seemed like a nice memory to remember the tall right-hander by.

Australia lost the Ashes due to that abject performance, but a funny thing happened, Voges kept his spot for the fifth test.

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He went on to score a stylish 76 in the dead rubber at The Oval, which the Australians won convincingly.

The side was picked to go on a tour to Bangladesh in October and Voges was named as Steve Smith’s deputy in the absence of the injured David Warner.

That was a clear sign that his career had some life.

Since then the 35-year-old has gone on an incredible run which has seen his average surpass the greatest cricketer of all time, Sir Donald Bradman.

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Granted, he has only played 14 tests, but after the first test against New Zealand at Wellington, his average is a staggering 97.46 - a figure that actually dropped from 100.33 after the second day.

In his 19 innings to date, Voges has scored just over 1200 runs which includes three hundreds and five half-centuries.

He boasts a career high score of 269n.o. which came in December last year against the West Indies.

Voges will surely look back at that moment in time at Nottingham and smile.

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He knows that the knives will be out whenever he goes on a sustained bad run of form.

That is only natural because of his advanced age and knows this run will not last forever.

However, nothing will take away from the moment he averaged 100 in test match cricket.

He waited for so long for an opportunity in this format of the game and is a true example never to give up because you never know what may occur.

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