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Moises Henriques added to Australia’s squad for the 1st Test as Sean Abbot is ruled out

December 15, 2020

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Australian batting all-rounder Moises Henriques has made it to Australia’s Test squad, which will face India in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The 33-year-old came in for Cameron Green, who is ruled out due to a concussion he suffered in the practice match against India. Green got hit by a straight drive executed by Indian bowler Jasprit Bumrah. Green was unable to react on time, as the ball hit his head.

Cricket Australia recently stated that Henriques recovered from a hamstring injury which ruled him out of the practice match against India at the SCG. Henriques got a green light as he passed a fitness test on Monday. Henriques last played for Australia back in 2016, before he made a comeback in the limited-overs series against India.

Moises Henriques is a late addition to the injury-prone Australian squad. Recently, Australian opener Will Pucovski got injured in the warm-up game against India. Marcus Harris is now part of the Australia Test squad, with Pucovski out injured. This is the 9th concussion that Pucovski has incurred throughout his career. Pucovski has now been ruled out of the 1st Test against India. However, the team management is confident that Pucovski will make a comeback in the later stage of the series.

Australia dealt another blow as Abbott adds to the injury list

Another player who won't play the first Test is Australian bowler Sean Abbott. Abbott incurred a calf injury during the practice match against India last week. Abbott will stay in Sydney and is likely to make a comeback in the 2nd Test Match.

Recently joining Sean Abbott in the injury list is Harry Conway. A medium-pace bowler, Conway got struck on the head on the 1st day of the warmup game against India. Conway was substituted by Mark Steketee later on.

One positive, however, for the Australian Test squad is that they now have seven batting options. With players like Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, and Matthew Wade available for the 1st Test, Australia’s batting lineup looks quite stable.

Australia also has plenty of bowling options. The pace options are available in the form of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Michael Neser, and James Pattinson. Spin options are available in the form of Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Swepson. Lyon has a terrific record in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Australia will look to utilize Lyon efficiently.

With plenty of options available in both the departments, Australia will be confident going into the 1st Test. The 1st Test will take place at the Adelaide Oval, and will commence on 17th December.

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