Voges not taking his place for granted


Australia batsman Adam Voges says he is not taking his place in the side for granted as he prepares to play in his first Test at his home ground in Perth.

The 36 year-old Voges only made his debut in June this year on the tour of the West Indies, and scored a century, and is currently playing in his first series at home against New Zealand.

The Aussies won the first Test in Brisbane with Voges contributing a polished unbeaten 83 in the first innings but the right-hander knows that at his age he needs to keep performing to stay in the team.

Voges said: "Yep, I'm 36. I've just got to make sure that I'm performing well enough to keep my place and hopefully help win Test matches.There's never going to be any guarantees.

"I got picked in a squad in 2006 … it's been a long time between then and now. I'm starting to get a bit goose-bumpy and really looking forward to it.

On playing at his Waca home ground in the second Tesst, starting on Friday, Voges feels the Black Caps cannot do anything that he has not experienced at the venue before.

He continued: "It's where I've played my cricket all my life. There will be nothing out there that I haven't seen before or experienced before."