Henriques to make Test debut against India

By Greg Buckle, AAP, Yahoo!7 Updated February 20, 2013, 6:28 pm

Australia's first Portuguese-born Test cricketer Moises Henriques will make his debut in Friday's first Test against India in Chennai.

The NSW all-rounder's parents Alvaro and Anabela brought their one-year-old son to Australia for a better life and despite a series of injury setbacks, Henriques is now set to cap a remarkable journey to become the 432nd man to be awarded a baggy green cap.

Australia will gamble on Henriques' brand of reverse-swing bowling to complement front-line quicks Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle and James Pattinson and the offspin of Nathan Lyon.

India in contrast are likely to go with three or four spinners on a Chidambaram Stadium pitch that has been prepared for several weeks and is looking very much like a turning deck.

Australia coach and selector Mickey Arthur visited Henriques in his room on Tuesday night to give him the good news.

"I lost a little bit of sleep last night just thinking about it," Henriques said.

"Hopefully the next two nights are a bit calmer but I can't imagine they would be.

"It wasn't really in my list of goals at the start of this first-class season but things have sped up the process and I can't say how much I'm looking forward to the opportunity.

"We think it (pace) is our strength and their batting weakness."

The injury dramas of pace-bowling allrounder Shane Watson, who will play in the India series as a batsman only, have opened up an opportunity for Henriques.

Henriques says he's a similar build and type of player as Watson and he has leant on the vice-captain for advice already during the tour.

The big right-armer has been in good form with the bat in Australia's two warm-up matches, scoring 16 and 33 in addition to taking 4-12 and 1-30 with the ball.

Henriques has been bowling stump to stump and two of his four victims against the India Board XI were bowled.

Henriques has won the race for the all-rounder's spot ahead of uncapped offspinner Glenn Maxwell.

"There's been a lot of injuries and in amongst those injuries there has been some inconsistent form," said Henriques as he looked back on a medical history that includes ankle, shoulder, abdominal and groin surgeries.

"I never thought it (Test cricket) had passed me by," the 26-year-old added.

"I always felt that once I could stay on the park for long enough, the rest would take care of itself."

Skipper Michael Clarke has overcome a hamstring complaint while opening batsman David Warner will play despite not having fully recovered from a fractured thumb.

Clarke plans to bowl himself and fellow spinner Warner in Chennai.

Australia team: Michael Clarke (capt), Ed Cowan, David Warner, Phil Hughes, Shane Watson, Matthew Wade, Moises Henriques, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell (12th man).

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  1. 07:31am Thursday 21st February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Moey, it's a long way from Penshurst CC U/13 to the Aussie team. I wish you well, your going to need it.

  2. Pointer08:57pm Wednesday 20th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I think Moses wil go well, I domt like Cowan & I think Maxwell will play an important part! Let us get behind our boys.............

  3. Stephen06:15pm Wednesday 20th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    just change the name from australia to the east coasters

  4. William06:11pm Wednesday 20th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    A poor call. Another spud from NSW. Time for NSP at CA dissolved.

  5. Hidden Fortress06:08pm Wednesday 20th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Bailey..the next Ed Cowan, maybe that would be an ok option...better stab cowan in the back soon though, the Ashes are around the corner

  6. Hidden Fortress05:57pm Wednesday 20th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Paulski...seriously?? Bailey, never played a test in his life over Shane Watson in his current form? Have a lay down and a think about that one...

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  7. Hidden Fortress05:54pm Wednesday 20th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Great pick....all the paranoia about taking 150 different spinners on tour and only picking one? I don't know what that was about...personally I would have leaned towards Maxwell, he hasn't proved himself as being a steady hand with the bat or ball.....but hey, neither has Henriques!!! Go Boys!

  8. Mark05:50pm Wednesday 20th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    former Catholic brother spanked the bare backsides of students for his own sexual gratification and not to discipline them as he claims, a judge says. How many church sickos out there...... lost count

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  9. paulski05:40pm Wednesday 20th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Good call - Maxwell couldn't possibly play considering he can't make a run at the moment and his bowling's not good enough at test level. We're still short in the batting though, IMO - on present form, Bailey should be in the team.




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