I haven’t watched Adam Voges bat.
Not yet, at least.
But I’m always fascinated when sportspersons debut at a late age and make a monumental success of themselves positing the eternal question, ‘”Why wasn’t he or she selected earlier?”
Matthew ‘Haydo’ Hayden did it.
Michael Hussey did it averaging 80 in his first 20 Tests.
And now it’s Voges surpassing the great man, Donald Bradman himself, with a perfect 100.
It’s possible that he’ll be brought down to earth soon enough (if he doesn’t retire first).
Even Hussey couldn’t sustain that level of excellence away from home.
But it’s always marvellous to watch cricketers believed to be mere journeymen reach the pinnacle of their sport even for a brief moment and (arguably) against lesser opposition.
What is it with Australian cricket and late bloomers, anyway?
Now, that’s a question for another post.