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Moises Henriques recalled to Australian Test squad for Sri Lanka tour

Moises Henriques recalled in Australian Test squad for Sri Lanka tour
Moises Henriques (left) last Test appearance was in March 2013.
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Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques has been included in the Test squad for the tour of Sri Lanka while pace spearhead Mitchell Starc is also set to return to the longer format.

Henriques, who played three Test matches on the tour of India in 2013, has 156 runs from six innings, including two fifties while he has also picked up two wickets.

The 29-year-old last appeared for Australia in January 2015 in a One-Day International against England in Hobart during an ODI tri-series.

In the ongoing Indian Premier League, Henriques has featured in 14 games for the Sunrisers Hyderabad and has scored 136 runs while picking up 10 wickets.

With injuries sidelining Peter Siddle and James Pattinson, Australia have included Jackson Bird, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Josh Hazlewood to makeup the pace attack alongside Starc.

The tour of Sri Lanka will require specialist spinners and the selectors have decided to go with the pair of Nathan Lyon and Stephen O’Keefe.

Henriques and Mitchell Marsh will be the all-rounders in the 15-man squad while batsmen Shaun Marsh and Adam Voges are also included.

Steven Smith will lead the side with the top order consisting of David Warner, Joe Burns and Usman Khawaja while Peter Nevill remains the first choice wicket-keeper for Test cricket.

National selector Rod Marsh is confident that Henriques will be an excellent addition to the squad due to his all-round abilities and experience in the sub-continent conditions.

"This squad has proven experience in subcontinental conditions," Marsh said.

"Henriques comes into the squad to give the flexibility of an additional all-rounder option, having already shown he plays and adapts well to spin-friendly conditions.

"He has been working hard with his fitness and we believe he is in prime condition to serve us well should he be selected to play."

Speaking about the pace attack, Rod threw his weight behind Bird after his impressive domestic form and his ability to reverse swing the ball.

"Jackson Bird and Nathan Coulter-Nile join the squad and will give us good control and pace.

"Jackson had an impressive Sheffield Shield season and showed skill with reverse swing in the last Test match in New Zealand earlier this year.

"He’s playing in England at the moment and we’re confident this will build his skills to assist the squad if he is selected in Sri Lanka."

Furthermore, Marsh added that if Australia pick two spinners in the playing 11, O’Keefe will be the right bowler to complement Lyon in the side.

"Stephen O’Keefe will complement Nathan Lyon and plays an important role in the subcontinent if he’s selected in the final XI.

"We know his ability, he takes wickets continually in first class cricket and he impresses when we select him to play Test cricket."

The first of the three Tests against Sri Lanka begins on 26th July in Pallekele while the second and third games will be played in Galle and Colombo respectively.

Australia Test squad: Steven Smith (captain), David Warner, Jackson Bird, Joe Burns, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Peter Nevill, Stephen O'Keefe, Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges

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