Henriques, O’Keefe named in Test squad

Three years after first earning a Baggy Green cap, Sixers skipper Moises Henriques has been recalled to the Aussie Test squad for their upcoming Tour of Sri Lanka.

The allrounder, who played in three Test matches for Australia in India, is one of seven Sixers stars in the squad that will head to Sri Lanka following the upcoming One Day series in the West Indies.

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Stephen O’Keefe, who earned his second Test cap during the New Years Test at the SCG at the start of this year, has been chosen as the second spinner alongside Sixers teammate Nathan Lyon.

After starring in the Aussie side’s most recent Test series in New Zealand, Jackson Bird has been chosen once more in the squad. He could line up in an all-Sixers pace attack, with Josh Hazlewood, and the fit-again Mitchell Starc also chosen.

Steve Smith will once again Captain the squad.

The full squad is:

Steve Smith (c – Sixers), David Warner (vc), Jackson Bird (Sixers), Joe Burns, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Josh Hazlewood (Sixers), Moises Henriques (Sixers), Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon (Sixers), Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Peter Nevill, Stephen O’Keefe (Sixers), Mitchell Starc (Sixers), Adam Voges.

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Speaking on the squad, Test squad National Selector Rod Marsh said: “This squad has proven experience in sub-continental conditions.

“Henriques comes into the squad to give the flexibility of an additional all-rounder option, having already shown he plays and adapts well to spin-friendly conditions. He has been working hard with his fitness and we believe he is in prime condition to serve us well should he be selected to play.

“Jackson Bird and Nathan Coulter-Nile join the squad and will give us good control and pace. Jackson had an impressive Sheffield Shield season and showed skill with reverse swing in the last Test match in New Zealand earlier this year. He’s playing in England at the moment and we’re confident this will build his skills to assist the squad if he is selected in Sri Lanka.

“Stephen O’Keefe will complement Nathan Lyon and plays an important role in the subcontinent if he’s selected in the final XI. We know his ability, he takes wickets continually in first class cricket and he impresses when we select him to play Test cricket.”

The squad will play three Tests, five ODIs and two T20Is against Sri Lanka, with the squads for the limited overs teams to be announced in due course.


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