Beyond the boundary [Interview]
Our chat with the Scorchers’ Adam Voges
Thirty-five-year-old cricketer Adam Voges is certainly one to watch.
Having played for a variety of teams during his career, including Middlesex, the Jamaica Tallawahs, Western Australia, Nottinghamshire, the Kandurata Warriors and the Melbourne Stars, in 2015 the veteran top order batsman skippers the Western Warriors in the Sheffield Shield and the Perth Scorchers in the T20 Big Bash League.
Homeloans has a chat with the talented right-hander about his wins on and off the cricket pitch.
“I started playing when I was 10 but I have loved cricket from as far back as I can remember,” says Adam. “I think it’s a big part of Australian culture. There’s nothing better than having a game of cricket with mates in summer.
“Playing in the T20 is a bit different! It’s so action packed, there is always something happening. I really enjoy playing in front of big crowds.”
Being a part of the Big Bash League’s champion Scorchers team two years in a row is just the tip of the iceberg of Adam’s career achievements.
In 2013 he was named in the Champions Trophy Squad, where he was Australia’s highest run-getter and the tournament’s 12th. He was one of the top scorers in the 2010-2011 Sheffield Shield season, and made a fantastic century playing for the Australian ODI side against the West Indies.
Most recently, Adam made his mark on history by scoring the 20th most runs ever in a Sheffield Shield season with 1126 runs (and counting)!
While he has been fulfilling his dreams on the cricket pitch, Adam has also made progress in other areas of his life, particularly when it comes to property.
“I’ve owned my own property for more than seven years now, and my investment property for four,” he says of his property portfolio. “I’ve always thought of it as the Aussie dream to own your own home.
“I’ve renovated the property I currently live in to increase the value, redoing the ensuite and backyard/alfresco area. I might stay there for perhaps another five or so years, then hopefully sell for a profit.”
Adam thinks property is a relatively safe investment option “if you have a long term view”.
Since Adam bought his first property he says he has learned plenty of lessons along the way.
“I went through a property buyer/adviser for both my own home and my investment property,” he says. “I know now that it is very important to secure yourself a good tenant! It makes the difference between a stressful investment and one that works a bit more smoothly.”
And what’s the best advice anyone has ever given Adam about purchasing property?
“That two or three good decisions regarding property over a lifetime can help set you up financially very well.”