Australia all-rounder Moises Henriques is confident to make himself count as one of the contenders in the Test fold and is further hopeful to don the white jersey for his national side while giving his best in the domestic fold.
“I definitely feel like I’ve got the cricket in me to play Test cricket again,” Henriques told Cricket Australia.
Hinging on the Test return, Henriques’ way is pretty clear with Australian selectors are making things clear by mentioning they are looking forward to the induction of the batting all-arounder, but for the Portugal-born right-handed batsman has had to score the e bulk of runs to impress the selectors.
“I’d love to go out and score enough runs and almost take it out of the selectors’ hands,” Henriques maintained.
After struggling with his groin injury, the 30-year-old Henriques has subsequently set his focus on the traditional format of cricket, and to his delight, he has been working hard to cement his place in the Australian side which is led by highly impressive Steven Smith.
“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 force them to pick you,” Henriques asserted.
It’s is pertinent to mention that Henrique nursed the injury when he was practicing in the net session for the New South Wales before taking on Tasmania on December 03.
The Sydney Sixers’ skipper Henriques is further looking forward to giving his best in the impending and the cash-rich professional Twenty20 competition of Big Bash League 2017-2018 edition.
Following the indoor injury which further saw Henriques missing out on the fifth match of the premium first-class four-day domestic competition, has further knitted a dream of playing his maiden Test at home.
“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,” Henriques added.
It’s important to figure out that Henriques has so far featured in just four Tests for Australia after making his debut against India in Chennai during the Border-Gavaskar series in 2013.
The promising batting all-rounder struck the fifties during his debut Test in both the innings, before his dip in form forced him out of the selection process. Henriques featured in three Tests against India and went on to make his appearance in the solitary Test in Sri Lanka in August 2016 at Colombo where the Islanders 3-0 routed Australia.
Henriques has shown faith in the youngsters while adding it would be important to lead in his way to aim high and eventually lay hands on the second trophy.
“The younger players will be more experienced, and we’ll be looking to those youngsters to step up and take us to our second BBL title,” Henriques concluded.
Sydney Sixers is bound to play the BBL curtain-raiser against Sydney Thunder at Sydney Showground Stadium on December 19 (Tuesday).