It’s his phenomenal recent batting form which is most likely to earn him a debut Test but Adam Voges also thinks he can play a role for Australia in the Caribbean with the ball.
Voges firmly believes spin will be a decisive factor in the two-Test series against the West Indies, particularly in the first Test at Dominica.
The 35-year-old will get to press his claims for a Test debut in a three-day tour match starting in Antigua on Wednesday.
Voges says there’s no doubt the pitch at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium will favour the tweakers, presenting him with a batting challenge, but also an opportunity to show his worth as an extra spin-bowling option for captain Michael Clarke.
Nathan Lyon and leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed are likely to take on the majority of the spin bowling duties in the tour match and probably the two Tests but Voges, who has 52 first-class wickets at 32.78 in his career, says he’s only too happy to chip in if needed.
“Obviously we’re playing the two spinners but my bowling’s just an added string to the bow and if I can offer a few overs and burgle the odd wicket here and there, then that would be great for the team,” he said.
“It’s something that I continue to work on. I did a bit of bowling in England for Middlesex so I’ll be ready to go if Pup throws me the ball.”
The tourists will take on a youthful West Indies Cricket Board President’s XI in the tour game.
The West Australian faced some of the bowlers he’ll come up against this week during last year’s Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 tournament, when he represented the Jamaica Tallawahs.
“I’ve probably got a little bit of an advantage in that I’ve seen a couple of them before,” he said.
“Until you get out there in the middle you’re not really sure what you’re going to get so you’ve just got to be sharp for those first 20 balls.
“Get through that, get yourself into the contest and go from there. It’s going to be a great opportunity.”
The three-day match starts at 10am on Wednesday (midnight AEST).