Australia batsman says Middlesex are close to winning trophies
Adam Voges has tipped Middlesex to win trophies in the near future after completing his two-month spell as the club’s overseas player.
Voges, who has been filling in for fellow Australian Chris Rogers during the Ashes series, signed off on Monday as the Panthers ended their YB40 campaign with victory over Leicestershire at Lord’s.
With four games remaining, the County Championship title is not yet out of Middlesex’s grasp and, even if they fail to reel in leaders Yorkshire, the 33-year-old believes honours are imminent for his former team-mates.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it,” Voges told london24.com. “This is a really well-run club and the opportunity to play at Lord’s has been terrific.
“The reason you play cricket is to win games and we’ve had some good wins here, especially the Championship wins against Sussex and Durham and some close games in the t20.
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“We were probably just one win away from semi-finals in the YB40 and quarter-finals in the t20, so there are some good signs. I don’t think the boys are far away.
“There’s a bit of work to do in the Championship, but we’re by no means out of it. If the boys can take some points out of the Somerset game and stay in the hunt, they can be there or thereabouts.
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“I’ve seen some real talent here and it’s really exciting talent. I don’t like naming blokes – I seem to put the mockers on them when I do that – but I’ve been really impressed with what I’ve seen here and the skill level.
“It’s a young group – they’ve still got plenty of development ahead of them – but, the way they’re challenging at the moment, I think they’ll be contending for quite a few years to come.”
Voges, who has now joined up with the Australia squad for their two-match t20 series against England, originally joined Middlesex purely as a specialist in the shortest form of the game.
But Rogers’ international call-up prompted the county to extend the ex-Nottinghamshire batsman’s remit to include four County Championship games and their last few YB40 fixtures as well.
Ironically, his best performances came in the four-day game, where he struck 150 against Warwickshire and two half-centuries, finishing with an average of almost 55 in seven innings.
And Voges admits he would welcome the chance of a return to Lord’s next year, should international commitments rule Rogers out again for any length of time.
“I made some contributions I’ve been happy with,” he added. “Probably my white-ball stuff wasn’t as good as what I’d hoped, but I’ve had a lot of fun and loved every minute.
“Enjoying your cricket is what it’s all about and I’ve certainly done that over the last two months. Hopefully Buck will still be doing well and playing a lot of Test cricket, so if there’s an opportunity I’d certainly be interested, that’s for sure.”