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Henriques dons the baggy green for first Test against India

Moises Henriques of the Blues bats during day two of the Sheffield Shield match between the NSW Blues and the WA Warriors at Blacktown International Sportspark on January 25, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.
Moises Henriques of the Blues bats during day two of the Sheffield Shield match between the NSW Blues and the WA Warriors at Blacktown International Sportspark on January 25, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images

NSW all-rounder Moises Henriques will live out his boyhood dream by making his debut for Australia in the first Test against India in Chennai today.

Henriques will become the first Portuguese-born player and the 432nd in total to pull on the baggy green as Australia selectors went for four seamers for the series opener.

Henriques, impressed selectors with his bowling in the two warm-up matches in India, picking up 4-12 including three of the top four batsmen in the first game.

He beat off competition from spinning all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who will carry out the 12th-man duties, while Mitchell Johnson, Jackson Bird, Steve Smith and Xavier Doherty were also overlooked.

The tourists will go in with one recognised spinner - Nathan Lyon - while the home side could take the unusual step of picking four slow bowlers on Chennai strip which is expected to break up.

Henriques joins Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson and Henriques, in the four-pronged pace attack.

The 26-year-old earned his opportunity on the tour thanks to a strong Sheffield Shield season and doubts about Shane Watson's fitness.

"It has happened very quickly," Henriques told reporters in Chennai yesterday.

"It wasn't really in my list of goals at the start of this first-class season.

"But with the situation it has sped up the process.

"I can't say how much I'm looking forward to the opportunity.

"It's a boyhood dream coming to life now. I lost a little bit of sleep last night just thinking about it.

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

David Warner was declared fit despite concerns over his recently fractured thumb, while skipper Michael Clarke said he was fully fit and had overcome his hamstring troubles.

Warner will open with Ed Cowan with Phillip Hughes due to bat at No.3 and Watson at No. 4.

 

Australian team

  • Michael Clarke (c)
  • Ed Cowan
  • Moises Henriques
  • Phillip Hughes
  • Nathan Lyon
  • James Pattinson
  • Peter Siddle
  • Mitchell Starc
  • Matthew Wade (wk)
  • David Warner
  • Shane Watson
  • 12th man: Glenn Maxwell

Topics:  australia, cricket, india, moises henriques


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