Australian batsman Adam Voges has surpassed Sir Donald Bradman’s legendary batting average of 99.94 to steer his side to a commanding position against New Zealand on the second day of the opening Test in Wellington on Saturday.
The 36-year-old veteran batsman walked off the Basin Reserve with an unbeaten 176 and an average of 100.33 to boot as Australia reached 463 for six while holding a lead of 280.
Voges displayed tremendous resolve in his batting all day as he achieved the milestone during his 19th innings in his 14th Test match.
The 36-year-old Voges has made the most of a lifeline when he was bowled by Doug Bracewell for seven with two deliveries remaining on Friday, only for umpire Richard Illingworth to signal a no-ball.
Television replays showed the delivery was legal but because the infraction had been called on the field, New Zealand were unable to ask for a review.
Voges was involved in partnerships of 168 with Usman Khawaja (140) and 96 with wicketkeeper Peter Nevill (32) to prevent New Zealand from gaining any momentum on a tough day for the hosts.
New Zealand briefly appeared to be in position to expose the Australian tail during the middle session when Trent Boult took two wickets, including Khawaja’s, in three deliveries but Voges calmly ensured that the visitors maintained their dominance.
The late-blooming Voges, who was 35 when he made his debut against West Indies last June, has scored 1,204 runs in a bountiful test career to date, boasting a high score of 269 not out and an average of 100.33.”He’s got an average higher than (Australian batting legend) Don (Bradman) at the moment, so I might just have to call him Sir Voges,” Khawaja joked.
Voges would be required to score atleast nine more runs in order to keep his average higher than that of Bradman, in case of his dismissal.
Earlier, New Zealand were bundled out for 183 in their first innings with Mark Craig top scoring with an unbeaten 41.