2017 ICC Champions Trophy: Moises Henriques Optimistic About A Chance In The Starting XI
All-rounder Moises Henriques is hopeful of finding a place in the Australian team for the opening game against New Zealand at Edgbaston on June 2nd.
The medium pacer cum right-handed middle order batsman, however, doesn’t have an assured spot. To win a place, he will have to beat the competition from Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis.
“I’m very hopeful, obviously. But, if not, I just hope that the best eleven goes out and gets a win but you can only hope. Everything from now on up until the game, basically the decision is in selectors’ hand. I can try and prepare as well as I can, the rest is in selectors’ hand.”
The 30-year-old also seems fully prepared to go out and win games for Australia and well aware of his role in the team.
“I’m pretty aware of what my role is in the team. If I do play, I try to go out and win games with the bat and do what I can with the ball when asked upon as well,” Henriques said on Wednesday (May 31).
“Since I’ve been sort of going more towards a batting all-rounder’s role in recent times as well, so I was very hopeful of being able to pick up a spot either as a batsman or a batting all-rounder at some stage. My job was to perform as a top six batsman, so what I do with the ball would be a bonus.”
Moises Henriques flight to England was only possible due to the injury to preferred all-rounder Mitchell Marsh. Marsh was ruled out last month owing to a shoulder injury during the IPL. The injury seems grave and will make the 25-year-old face a lengthy time off the field.
The senior mate, Henriques, lauded the youngster’s contribution and also stated that it’s never a good feeling to get picked due to someone else’s misfortune.
“To be fair I thought Mitch Marsh played for quite a while especially in ODI cricket and has batted really well for Australia. Unfortunately, he is injured for this tour, but I feel in the last 18 months he has contributed a lot to the Australian team in the middle order. You never want to get picked into the team on someone else’s misfortunes, but there was definitely an opportunity there with him missing out.”
While Henriques replaces Mitchell Marsh on the side, he is expected to fulfil the role of James Faulkner. The New South Wales skipper, however, doesn’t agree.
“I don’t think James’ role would get filled by myself. I think maybe that was possibly more for someone like John Hastings or Marcus Stoinis, that’s certainly the message that I got delivered from the selectors.”
Talking of preparations ahead of the global tournament, Henriques said,
“We’ve been over here for a bit over a week now, glad to be training well. Obviously, the guys who weren’t part of the IPL stayed back in Brisbane for the training camp and the guys that were part of the IPL were busy playing some limited-overs cricket. You never know how ready you’re until you’re out there in the game, and actually playing the game given the opportunity to perform.”
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