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by John Pennington Monday 27 January 2014
All-rounder Moises Henriques has been called up to Australia's Test squad as a replacement for James Faulkner, who has suffered a knee injury.
Faulkner has been ruled out of the first part of the tour, which comprises three Tests, and will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in Melbourne.
Cricket Australia (CA) are hopeful that the left-arm fast bowler, fast also developing a reputation as a skilful lower-order batsmen, will be fit to play in the Twenty20 series.
While Henriques will replace him in Australia's Test squad, South Australia's Kane Richardson will take Faulkner's place in the Twenty20 International squad to play England.
"James injured his knee during the Australia Day One-Day International in Adelaide," Cricket Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said.
"He has had subsequent scans and was reviewed by Cricket Australia’s medical team and a knee specialist, and will require arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday. "James’ exact rehab plan and return to training and playing will be determined after surgery but unfortunately for him, he will not be available for the upcoming Test tour of South Africa.
"We are hopeful that he will recover in time to play the Twenty 20 games on that tour and take part in the ICC World Twenty20."
Henriques, born in Portugal in 1987, made his international debut in February 2009 in a Twenty20 International against New Zealand.
He toured India in late 2009, playing in two ODIs, before, after a gap of more than three years, being recalled to play Sri Lanka in early 2013. He played three ODIs and then headed to India as part of Australia's ill-fated Test tour later that year.
Playing the first three Tests - all of which Australia lost - he scored 68 in his debut Test innings and an unbeaten 81 in the second innings in Chennai. In Hyderabad, he scored 5 & 0 and after making 0 & 2 in Mohali, he was dropped, and was not considered for either Ashes series that followed.
This season, he has scored 202 runs in three first-class matches and has also added 203 runs in eight KFC T20 Big Bash matches.
With the ball, he has taken five first-class wickets to add to the two wickets he took in the three Tests he played in India.
National Selector John Inverarity explained why Henriques had been selected as Faulkner's replacement.
"Moises Henriques has shown some good form recently with both bat and ball and he provides a good fit when looking to replace James.
"The NSP (National Selection Panel) is hopeful that James will be fit for the three Twenty 20s in South Africa and for the ICC World Twenty20 following as that is a key tournament for him. "Kane Richardson has been called to Hobart to replace James in our Twenty 20 squad. He has shown promise as a shorter-form young cricketer and will gain from the experience of being involved."
Meanwhile, top-order batsmen Shaun Marsh will remain in Australia for further treatment on a calf injury before a final decision is made on his participation.
Likewise, fast bowler Jackson Bird will stay behind as the rest of the squad departs and have his fitness assessed by CA.
Henriques, who has played three Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals, will play in the first Twenty20 International against England before leaving for South Africa.
Australia Test squad: Michael Clarke (captain), Brad Haddin (wicket-keeper, vice-captain), Jackson Bird, Alex Doolan, Ryan Harris, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Nathan Lyon, James Pattinson, Chris Rogers, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, David Warner, Shane Watson
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