Moises Henriques eyes comeback to Australia’s Test squad
The versatile right-hander has donned the national outfit in only 4 Tests piling up 164 runs at an average of 23.42.
Updated - Dec 17, 2017 12:43 pm
Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques is all set to make a comeback after being away from cricket due to a groin injury. The 30-year-old will be captaining the Sydney Sixers franchise in 2017-18 BBL season. Henriques sustained an injury during a net practice session ahead of the last Sheffield Shield game for New South Wales.
The versatile right-hander has donned the national outfit in only 4 Tests piling up 164 runs at an average of 23.42. His last Test was against Sri Lanka in 2016 where Australia were swept 3-0 by Sri Lanka. Returning after a sabbatical, Henriques is well aware that he needs to pile on plenty of runs if he needs to catch the attention of the national selectors.
Mitchell Marsh has proved a strong contender for the spot and announced himself with a scintillating maiden Test century in the ongoing third Ashes Test at the WACA. Marsh was initially doubtful for the Ashes after sustaining a shoulder injury during the India tour in March. However, he answered Australia’s No. 6 queries after his unbeaten 181 in the ongoing encounter against the Lions.
Henriques speaks up on his Tests aspirations
Speaking in an exclusive chat with cricket.com.au, Henriques expressed the elation on returning to the BBL as well as his Tests aspirations. He was quoted saying, “I’d love to go out and score enough runs and almost take it out of the selectors’ hands. You don’t want it to be a 50-50 decision for the selectors on who to pick, you want to go out there and play well enough to own the selection. Sort of forces them to pick you. If I had been batting as well as I’d like I feel I would have been in the frame.”
Henriques who has plied his trade in the IPL for the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise added, “I definitely felt close going into the Shield season and felt my performance last year justified that as well, so I need to repeat some good performances and keep playing well. I definitely feel like I’ve got the cricket in me to play Test cricket again.”