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Skipper Returns To Take The Reins

30 May 2018

Former Scorchers captain Adam Voges has been named as the next Head Coach for the Perth Scorchers and the Alchohol.Think Again Western Warriors following the departure of Justin Langer.

The 38-year-old was named captain of WA in 2012, leading the Scorchers to two of their three KFC Big Bash Championships (BBL|04 and BBL|06), a One-Day Cup victory in 2014 and twice runners-up in the Sheffield Shield (2013-14 and 2014-15).

Voges, who represented Australia on 58 occasions across all three formats, played 20 Tests for Australia to reach a staggering 1485 runs at an impressive average of 62, including five centuries.

The attacking batsman wrapped up his 15-year playing career last summer at the end of BBL|07 after calling time on his tenure with the Warriors at the end of 2016-17 season.

Last season, Voges helped mentor WA’s Under 19 side in the National Championships in Tasmania and was Director of Cricket Operations at Melville Cricket Club, building on his extensive leadership experience and exposure to elite coaching during his decorated playing career.

Voges said he plans to build on the strong values and culture that have proved successful for the Warriors and Scorchers over the last few years.

“I’m thrilled about leading this group of exciting young players. We already have strong foundations in WA and I’m looking forward to building on them, the values, the structures and the people are all excellent.

“The high performance staff are some of the best in the country, even in the world. I’ve worked with them as a player and captain for a long time and know I couldn’t do this role as well without their support.

“The next step to take WA forward is to grow our program and build depth in young local cricketers.

“We’ve had some terrific success in white ball cricket over the past few seasons and we’ve seen some great inclusions into the Australian team, but to keep our program strong we need to build depth in the next wave of WA cricketers.

“The focus for this year is very much improving our red ball cricket and making sure we’re right up there in the Sheffield Shield.

Speaking on the appointment, Western Australian Cricket Association CEO Ms Christina Matthews said:

“We’re thrilled to have Adam heading up our WA men’s program, it was the natural progression to appoint Adam after Justin (Langer) left.

“As captain, Adam played a huge role in helping to develop the culture that has delivered us considerable success over the past few years.

“Adam has an understanding of all the players and we know he works well with the current staff.

“Adam has a playing group that believe in his brand of leadership, players who have followed him for many years and look up to him as a trusted mentor and friend.

“Keeping both the Scorchers and Warriors under the same head coach was a big win, it’s worked well for us in the past and Adam can provide that consistency.

“The WACA Board and management have complete confidence in Adam and we look forward to watching him succeed in his new role.”