Watto backs Henriques for India

SHANE WATSON has endorsed Moises Henriques to tour India as Australia’s Test all-rounder, saying his NSW teammate was in career-best form.

The Test vice-captain does not have as a say at the selection table but rates Henriques as the “most talented” all-rounder in the country.

Henriques has thrust his name into the Test frame after a stellar season in the Shield which has reaped 385 runs at 77 and 14 wickets at 18.

If Henriques was not the front-runner to grab the all-rounder’s berth in India then he “certainly should be”, Watson said.

“He’s certainly one of the form all-rounders in Australia at the moment, there’s no doubt he’d be able to do a very good job in India,” Watson said.

“There’s a few other guys I’m sure the selectors have got their eyes on but there’s no doubt Moises Henriques is one of the most talented all-rounders going around and there’s no doubt in India as well having one more bowling option will help Michael [Clarke] out.”

Henriques and Glenn Maxwell appear to have the inside running to tour India though Tasmania’s James Faulkner can press his case on the international arena after being called into Australia’s ODI squad for the first two matches against the West Indies.

“There’s some other guys who have been doing really well who are more predominantly bowlers but it’s great to see some younger guys coming through and performing really well,” Watson said.

“I’d like to have another all-rounder in any game because it takes the bowling workload off me once I get into the swing of things.

“The guys just need an opportunity to see how good they can be like I was lucky to have when I was younger.

“The best way to see how good you can be is actually getting consistent opportunities at the highest level to be able to improve.”

Watson continues his comeback from injury on Wednesday when he steps up to state level for in NSW’s one-day game against Western Australia at the SCG.

Watson made returned to competitive cricket on Saturday, making 30 for grade club Sutherland.

“It was good to be able to get through the grade game with no issues,” Watson said.

“It would have been nice to get a few more runs but in the end to get out there and spend some time in the middle was a lot of fun. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow’s match if the rain goes away.”

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.

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