CRICKET: Former Australian skipper Michael Clarke has been on the receiving end of a barrage of abuse on social media for mispronouncing Adam Voges' last name.
Despite having played his last seven Test matches with the West Australian, the now Channel 9 commentator has been incorrectly referring to him as "Vogues'' instead of "Voh-jehs''.
Fortunately for Clarke, he may not have to commentate on the 37-year-old for too much longer if Voges continues to underperform with the bat for Australia.
Voges began his Test career in blaze of glory when finally given a chance to wear the baggy green cap, smacking a hundred on debut in the West Indies in June 2015.
And after struggling during the Ashes series in England, he hit back with four more tons, including a 269 not out and 239, last Australian summer against the Windies and New Zealand, his average soaring above 100.
While it now sits at a still very healthy 67.4, that average is falling fast after a poor tour of Sri Lanka and a couple of early outs in the first Test against South Africa in Perth (27, 1).
The incumbent No.5, Voges has gone nine innings without reaching 50, and, along with all-rounder Mitch Marsh, has been failing to provide the Australian line-up with any sort of middle-order stability.
Marsh has cracked a half-century in just one of his past 29 knocks.
Making 26 in the second innings at the WACA as the Aussies went on to suffer a defeat by 177 runs, Marsh's average has dipped to 23 after smacking 87 and 47 in his second Test two years ago, while his bowling average is hovering around the "handy'' mark of 36, though a lowly 54 in 2016.
At first-class level, his figures are a much more presentable 29.8 and 28.5 respectively, though still the work of an ideal No.7 - not a No.6 where he has been positioned for the struggling Australians, with wicket- keeper Peter Nevill slotting in behind him.
Having been shown up by South Africa's Adam Gilchrist clone Quinton de Kock, who saved his side from being 5-81 in the first innings with a swashbuckling 81, and then added 61 in the second dig, Nevill had been in danger of being bracketed with Marsh and Voges.
But his defiant 60 not out from 153 balls - his first Test half-century in 13 innings - has helped his own cause.
The Australian selectors will be hoping it's the shape of things to come for the New South Welshmen who held up the Proteas with a 65-run ninth wicket stand with Josh Hazlewood (29), before the hosts were finally dismissed for 361 with Kagiso Rabrada (5-92) stepping up in the absence of Dale Steyn with the ball.
They want as few headaches as they can, and the form of Voges and Marsh is enough to deal with at the moment.
While Australia will make one forced change to the line-up, with Shaun Marsh (broken finger) out again, and to be replaced by either Callum Ferguson or Joe Burns, Mitch Marsh and Voges is certainly on notice heading into the second Test in Hobart, starting Saturday.
Say it whichever way you want, but 'runs' are the name of the game.
The opener responded to his axing from the Test team with a ton for Queensland. Can bat at No.5 or 6.
The veteran, 34, has started the Shield season with a century for Tasmania to be second behind Victoria's Marcus Harris on the runs table.
The one-time opener has moved down the order for NSW, and hit a hundred against WA on the weekend.
The 23-year-old has enjoyed a breakout 12 months, making 1210 runs at 60 in the middle order for NSW.
The WA batting all-rounder, 24, is averaging 50 with the bat and 34 with the ball at first-class level.
A limited-overs star, the Tasmanian played his only Test three years ago.
The experienced NSW all-rounder has made just 15 runs at an average of 2.5 in his past six Test innings.
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