Voges hungry for more Test runs
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Evergreen batsman Adam Voges says he had learned plenty of lessons during his recent lean spell in Sri Lanka, and he's confident he'll be able to regain his magic touch this summer.
Voges was fondly dubbed the new Donald Bradman by his teammates earlier this year when his Test average soared past 100.
But he received a reality check during the mid-year Test tour of Sri Lanka when he averaged just 19.66 over six innings.
Voges wasn't the only Australian batsman to struggle during that tour, prompting the 36-year-old to set his sights on making amends this summer.
"Hopefully, it was just a little bit of a blip," Voges said on Friday.
"I didn't adjust to the conditions well enough. It was tough work.
"If I had my time again, I may have done a few things a bit differently - backing my sweep shot a bit more, and finding ways to rotate the strike rather than sitting on the crease and defending for long periods of time."
Voges, whose average is still a phenomenal 72.75, turns 37 on Tuesday.
But after waiting 35 years to earn his first Test cap, he's not planning on giving it up any time soon.
"People always talk about my age and the fact I was a late starter to international cricket," Voges said.
"But I feel strong. I feel fit. And I'm still loving my cricket. While that's still the case, hopefully I can continue to perform well and, hopefully, there's another big summer to come."
Voges will be back in action on Sunday when he captains WA in their season-opening one-day clash with South Australia at the WACA Ground.
The Warriors won the one-day crown two years ago, and that title success helped set up their entire summer.
But it was a different case last season when the Warriors won only two of their six one-day games.
"We scored 350 in our first game, and (South Australia's) Travis Head came out and scored 200, and we got beaten," Voges recalled.
"It took the wind out of our sails a little bit.
"Fortunately, Travis Head is in South Africa at the moment with the Australian team, so that's handy."
Although Voges would love to lift the one-day trophy, it's Sheffield Shield success that he's craving the most.
"I'm desperate for the Sheffield Shield," Voges said.
"You speak to JL (Justin Langer), Swampy (Geoff Marsh), Wayne Andrews - guys who played in Sheffield Shields, and you see their eyes light up when talking about those moments."