WHILE Adam Voges prepared for his second Test after making a century on debut and being named man of the match this week, his family back in WA were busy catching up on sleep.
Voges made his Test debut in Dominica last week, scoring 130 not out in Australia’s first innings as the tourists claimed a comprehensive nine-wicket win in three days.
Back in Perth, Voges’ brother Ben and sister Chelsea watched together at the latter’s house as their older brother first made his debut and then steered Australia through a rocky period on his way to a debut century.
“I was a bit tired after watching every night, but it was exciting and so good to see Adam play,” Ben told the Courier.
“After being 20 not out on stumps on day one I knew that I had to stay up for as long as I could to see how he’d go, but unfortunately I didn’t see his hundred.
“I was obviously tired from the late night the previous night and I fell asleep when he was in the 70s.”
The Voges family knew Adam was set to make his debut early last Wednesday morning after receiving text messages and Ben said he was so excited he could not get back to sleep.
“I got a text about 4am on the day of the Test from Adam saying he was playing and I jumped out of bed and was so pumped, I was ready for the day,” he said.
“Everyone in WA seemed to be excited about it, and we’ve received so much support from so many people; it has been really overwhelming, but we’re all so thankful.”
Despite the excitement there was a downside to the experience, with dad Ken not able to get to Dominica in time to see the Test.
“Dad said he wanted to be there when Adam debuted but because of the short notice he couldn’t make it,” Ben said.
Nevertheless there is some good news, with Ken now in the Carribean and set to be in attendance at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, for the second of the two-Test series.
The club where it all began for Adam, Warnbro Swans Cricket Club, was equally proud following Voges’ debut.
Club secretary Ben Miles said Voges’ achievements highlighted the important role community cricket clubs played.
“His talents on the cricket field were evident from an early age,” he said.
As recognition of Voges’ achievements, the Swans named their annual T20 match between the club’s best juniors and seniors the Adam Voges Shield.