Voges: I'm batting better than ever


Adam Voges feels he is batting at the top of his game following a brilliant 239 on day three of the first Test against New Zealand at Basin Reserve.

Voges brought up his second Test double-hundred with a whipped strike to the square leg boundary, helping Australia to 562 at the end of their first innings.

The 34-year-old, who reached 269 and 106 unbeaten in the first two Tests against West Indies in December, is convinced he has never batted better.

However, he acknowledged things could have been vastly different had an incorrect no-ball call from umpire Richard Illingworth on day one not saved him from being bowled by Doug Bracewell.

"I'm giving myself every chance to get in each time I bat and when I do I'm hungry to score runs and score big runs, so I try to keep it pretty simple," Voges said.

"I really enjoyed my partnership with Usman [Khawaja] the other day. He's batting beautifully, he's in complete control of his game and that made life a bit easier for me.

"I think I'm still learning, still getting better. I've got an idea of how I want to go about my runs. Speaking of Us[man] the other day, he knew exactly what New Zealand were trying to do against him and he made a plan to counter that and stayed disciplined to that and it was brilliant to watch.

"I'll try and do a similar sort of thing - you try to work out what the opposition are trying to do and combat that as best you can and play within your areas. I know where I'm strong and where I'm not as strong, so just keep it basic like that.

"It's been a great day. To get to 200 today and get us into a great position is a great feeling, but it could've been a lot different.

"I had that little bit of luck but to be able to capitalise on it and make the most of the second opportunity, I'm very happy with."

Voges faced 364 balls and spent 504 minutes at the crease before being caught and bowled by Mike Craig, and he admitted New Zealand's bowling forced him to play a patient game.

"I approached the day that I was going to come out pretty hard - you don't get second chances to often, so I thought, 'I'm going to take the game on a little bit here'," he added.

"As it turned out, New Zealand bowled really well and I couldn't do it, I had to bide my time and I think I only scored 30 in the first session. I had to be a little more patient.

"Once I did the hard yards it became a little bit easier, but the plan didn't eventuate."

The Black Caps were 178-4 in their second innings at the close of play on day three, trailing Australia by 201 runs.