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IND vs AUS 2017: Watch – Kuldeep Yadav Puts India in a Commanding Position

Kuldeep Yadav has been a sensation for India ever since he burst onto the scene. Being a wrist spinner, the youngster offers a lot on the table, as he remains a genuine wicket-taker, and carries the ability to deceive a batsman in the air. That was quite evident in the first India vs Australia T20I in Ranchi where he rattled Australia with his superb spell of chinaman bowling.

Being put into bat first on a decent deck, Australia lost their skipper David Warner early, but then Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch got going. Just when it seemed that India would be in trouble with Finch blazing his way across, Kuldeep struck gold by castling him.

Once Finch was dismissed, the Australian team was in a complete disarray, as apart from the boundaries drying up, it was hard for the visitors even to keep the scoreboard ticking. It is where Kuldeep once again displayed his class.

Expecting all-rounder Moises Henriques to charge at him, Kuldeep wasn’t afraid to toss the ball up and invite him to slog. That was the bait and Henriques fell into the trap, as he jumped down the track without seeing the ball.

The result was that the stumps ended up in a mess, as Kuldeep enjoyed his wicket fully. Below, is the video of Henriques dismissal.


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IND vs AUS 2017: I’m Good Enough to Play at this Level – Moises Henriques

The upcoming three-match T20I series will be an opportunity for not only the Australian team to revive its fortune in India, but also for Moises Henriques who has not quite managed to perform as per expectation in international cricket.

The all-rounder, who had scored an impressive 68 and 81 not out on his Test debut in challenging conditions of Chennai four years ago, has not enjoyed a consistent outing at the highest stage of the game due to his inconsistent displays. However, the 30-year-old, who feels he is good enough to excel in international cricket, is hopeful of turning around his career in the upcoming T20I series.

“I definitely think I’m good enough to play at this level,” he was quoted as saying by

“A lot of the opportunities I’ve had with Australia in the past have been in different roles to what I play now for my domestic team. And also they were when I was a lot younger than in the past two years as well,” he added.

The reason behind his newly-found confidence is that he feels his game has matured in the last couple of years or so.

“I feel like my game has come a long way in the past two or three years and I probably haven’t got as many opportunities to play for Australia in that time. But I’m looking forward to this opportunity coming up now,” he said.

Henriques has been one of the most consistent performers in Australia’s domestic circuit for quite some time now. He averaged more than 47 in the last three seasons of Sheffield Shield cricket, 63 in the One-Day Cup and over 36 at a strike rate of 130 in the Big Bash League in addition to enjoying a fruitful outing in the Indian Premier League.

However, his international career wears a contrasting look. He average nine in 11 ODIs which is the lowest of any Australian top-seven batsmen in ODI history to have played at least ten games. His Test and T20I records are not promising either, but the matured all-rounder is now hopeful of making his mark at the highest level of the game.

The all-rounder further said the new players would bring the much-needed excitement in the Australian team that is looking low on confidence after losing the ODI series 4-1.

“A lot of the guys have been on the road since the start of (the) Bangladesh (tour), but we’ve been lucky enough to be back home,” he said. “We’re fresh, and we’re ready to go. Hopefully we can bring a bit of excitement … and hopefully, rev the some of the guys up here.

When asked about the reasons that led to the world champions’ dismal show in the ODI series, Henriques said:

“I can’t quite put my finger on where they faulted in the ODIs. All those guys that have IPL experience will be pretty keen (to do well). With Steve Smith and David Warner leading the charge in IPL experience, hopefully, they can lead the way over the next three games.”


Moises Henriques Wary of Threat Posed By English Middle Order

Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques has expressed his concern over England’s established middle order ahead of Ashes.

England have a lot of problems with their batting as only Alastair Cook, Joe Root and Ben Stokes seem to be in form while the other three to four spots are still up for grabs.

The selection committee is to meet on Wednesday and announce the squad for Ashes which will begin in late November. In the seven Tests they played recently, England tried a lot of options at No. 2, 3 and five but could not find a consistent performer.

Joe Root, Ben Stokes and wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow are more experienced players in the middle order, and Henriques believes that they could be dangerous in Ashes.

“I feel like they’ve got a really dangerous middle order,” Henriques told reporters on Tuesday (September 26).

“While you might see some weaknesses there other than Joe Root, guys like Ben Stokes have really started to step up over the last couple of years. He’s an absolute pleasure to watch bat when he’s at the top of his game, not when you’re playing against him but when he’s playing someone else. I think he’s a huge threat in their middle order especially if they get off to decent start he can just come in and change the game really quickly. Jonny Bairstow has improved his cricket a lot as well. They’ve got some really strong batters there that can do really well,” the Australian all-rounder added.

Despite having to try out many options in middle order, England still have a strong batting lineup boasting Cook, Root, Stokes and Bairstow. They are also likely to lineup Moeen Ali in the lower order.

Henriques, who played with Stoneman earlier believes the youngster got talent but hopes he does not fire in Ashes.

“I was lucky enough to play with Mark Stoneman who opened the batting who I don’t think we’ve seen best of yet at international level,” Henriques said. “I’m sure for Australia’s sake they’ll want to keep that the way it is.”


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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.”


IPL 2017: Twitter Reacts As Yuvraj Singh Powers SRH To Big Total Against DD

Yuvraj Singh roared back to form with a brilliant fifty to steer Sunrisers Hyderabad to 185 for three against Delhi Daredevils Kotla at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.

The defending champions once again got off to a strong start after being put into bat first.

David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan added 53 runs off only 31 balls before the captain was clean bowled by a brilliant yorker from Mohammed Shami.

Dhawan and Kane Williamson then steadied the ship with a 22-run stand before both were dismissed in quick succession, as the visitors found themselves three down for 92 runs in the 12th over.

Another wicket at that point would have surely derailed their innings but Yuvraj Singh and Moises Henriques did not allow the Delhi bowlers to capitalise on the mini-collapse.

The duo added 93 runs for the fourth wicket, as the visitors recovered from a brief slump to post a challenging total. Yuvraj, who was dropped by Sanju Samson when he was batting on just 29,  remained unbeaten on 70 off 41 balls with the help of 11 fours and a six, while Henriques remained not out on 25 off 18 balls.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the innings:


IPL Experience will benefit Moises Henriques, says Marsh
IPL Experience will benefit Moises Henriques, says Marsh

IPL 2017 : Moises Henriques Wishes Indian Player To Play In Big Bash League

Sunrisers Hyderabad player Moises Henriques has urged BCCI to let Indian players feature in Big Bash League as well. Currently, Indian players are not allowed to take part in any of the foreign league because of interests clashes between two different leagues. Moises feels it would nice for the league as well as for the players if they come and play in Down Under. It will be fantastic if Players like Virat Kohli and Bhuvneshwar Kumar feature in the Big Bash league.

“It would be nice if in the Big bash we will start getting few Indian players over in a couple of teams. Hopefully, the BCCI will start releasing a couple of Indian players. I am sure we would like to see Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Virat Kolhi for Sydney Sixers. That would be fantastic”

BCCI do not allow players to go and play in foreign leagues, In 2012 when Sri Lanka announced their new league few of Indian players including Dinesh Karthik and others wanted to play in that League but BCCI did not allow them to play in that league.

During the time of Big Bash League, India mostly will be busy with its international fixture, either in the home or touring to some other country. Like in this year India is expected to tour South Africa for a full-fledged series and that will be the time for BBL as well. It makes difficult for the players to take part in Big Bash. And that too will be possible only if BCCI allows them to play in the foreign league, which I consider will be good step to gain experience for our younger players.

IPL Experience will benefit Moises Henriques, says Marsh
IPL Experience will benefit Moises Henriques, says Marsh

Moises Henriques opens up after disappointing tour of Sri Lanka

The tour of Sri Lanka presented an ideal opportunity for Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques to prove his calibre in the test arena. Henriques was being looked upon as a viable option in the test side and a backup all-rounder to Mitchell Marsh. Henriques had been in good form and on the basis of a strong show in the IPL, he was chosen for the test series in Sri Lanka. His previous experience of playing 3 tests in India was considered greatly as well.

As the tour panned out, Henriques returned home a tad disappointed. His technique was considered to be good enough to last in Asia, but the all-rounder was all at sea against the Sri Lankan spinners. In the games he featured in, he couldn’t make any bulky contribution from his end. In a chat with, he opened up about the tour, and his choice of shot selection.

“I’ll probably try to get some super-glue on my back toe that just kept slipping over the white line every time, even when I wasn’t trying to advance down the wicket,” Henriques said about his knack of being over aggressive against the spinners. “That was quite disappointing to get out three times the same way and not learn on the run and not even realising you’re making the same mistake.  “That was pretty frustrating, but again that’s something you have to prepare for now, that once you’ve made the mistake a couple of times you’re quite prone to it.”

He admitted that allotting him the role of a specialist batsman came in as a surprise. “I wasn’t really expecting it because I thought our boys would go over there and play well.  “There were obviously a few decisions made after the second test.”If you asked me at the start of the series if I was expecting to bat five and play in the same team as Mitch Marsh, I probably wouldn’t have been expecting it.  “I’ll take it and learn from it and hopefully be better from the opportunity.”

He concluded by saying that for the next tour of Asia, he would surely work out on his sweep shot. “I’d certainly practice my sweeping a lot further out.  “I feel a lot of the successful batsmen over there did a lot of sweeping and even come the one-day tour, our guys that did well like ‘Wadey’and George Bailey did a lot of sweeping as well.  “It’s definitely a shot I worked on over there but by the time I felt like I got it right, it was almost too late.  “It’s certainly something I’d change if I had another tour there.”




Video: Moises Henriques takes a screamer against Sri Lanka

There was little for Australia to celebrate on the fourth day of their first Test match against Sri Lanka in Kandy and substitute Moises Henriques’ superb catch to end Sri Lanka’s innings was one of those few moments.

Sri Lanka’s last pair’s partnership was becoming frustrating for the visitors as they were collecting very valuable runs . They had already added 30 runs for the last wicket and the visitors needed a special moment to end that cameo and Henriques provided that.

Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood bowled a fuller delivery  outside off which was moving away but it did not stop Sri Lankan batsman Rangana Herath, who was batting at 35, from driving it in the cover region. The left-handed batsman timed the ball beautifully but failed to keep it down. The ball looked destined four a boundary only to see Henriques, standing at covers, to pull off a stunner. The allrounder  dived to his left, stretched out his left hand, which is his wrong hand as well,feet off the ground and then took a screamer. What makes the catch even more special is the fact that the ball was already past Henriques.

The catch ended Sri Lanka’s innings on 353, with the hosts lead extended to 267 runs. Chasing the tricky target, Australia have made a shaking start and were 83 for 3 by the end of fourth day’s play. The visitors still need 185 runs on the final day to clinch a memorable win. The good news for the team from down under is that their batsmen Steve Smith and Adam Voges are still at the crease. With the final day pitch expected to assist the spinners, the fans can expect a thrilling day of cricket.


Moises Henriques hopes to be consistent on Test return

Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques will be well aware of the fact that he needs to make his second chance count if he wants to cement his place in the Test squad.

A lot of eyebrows were raised when Henriques was picked ahead of Glenn Maxwell for the Test series against Sri Lanka. With his off-spin, Maxwell would have been handy on the turning pitches but the selectors kept their faith in Henriques. Henriques last played a Test for Australia during the infamous tour of India in 2014, when they were whitewashed 4-0 by the Indian team. Henriques scored two half-centuries on debut in Chennai, but added only seven runs in four hits in his next two matches and was dropped for the next match. He was picked in the squad for the South Africa tour a year later but did not play any match. With Mitchell Marsh still trying to find his feet in Test cricket, the spot for the all-rounder in the Test team is still up for grabs and Henriques remains a big contender for the spot.

Back in the National team, the all-rounder believes that  he has learnt harsh lessons from his first stint in Test cricket in 2013.

“I hope I’ve improved and I hope I’ve also learnt about how hard Test cricket is, in terms of backing up day after day, Test after Test,” Henriques told reporters in Colombo on Tuesday. “You see the likes of Smithy and Davey, how they perform Test after Test and are able to bounce back and just be extremely consistent all the time.

“It’s not just about one good performance or a couple of good performances. You’ve got to keep churning them and keep being as good as you can for as long as you can. After one good Test I felt like I’d displayed that I was good enough, but just not consistent enough. That’s the biggest thing, is to do it over and over again. I certainly feel like I’ve improved as a cricketer and given the opportunity, I’d like to think I could do even better than I did then.”