India v Australia: Moises Henriques to bat at six against India in Chennai
Last Updated: 22/02/13 7:11am
Moises Henriques: Set for Australia Test debut against India
Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques will make his Test debut against India when the Test series gets under way in Chennai on Friday.
Henriques is set to bat at six and provide some extra options in Australia's bowling attack with his right-arm seamers.
Australia will be led by Michael Clarke in Chennai with the 31-year-old captain having recovered from a hamstring problem, while opening batsman David Warner will play despite his broken thumb having not yet fully healed.
With Australia picking specialist quicks Peter Siddle, James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc, plus off-spinner Nathan Lyon for the series opener, Henriques, Shane Watson and potentially Clarke and Warner will provide variety to the tourists' attack.
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Henriques continued to stutter and stumble over words when discussing his selection on Wednesday, having been told by Australia coach Mickey Arthur on Tuesday night.
But with the first of four Tests against India starting on Friday, Henriques still has time to settle the nerves before pulling on the Baggy Green cap.
"It's nice to know a couple of days out that you're playing and to know that you can go into training and really attack the plans and the methods that you're going to try and use in the game as well," Henriques said.
"I had a fair idea, once selected on the tour, before even coming to India, having played here before...what I might be up against and I've got some pretty clear plans.
"(But) obviously going out there and executing them is a different kettle of fish."
Australia team for first Test v India: M Clarke (c), E Cowan, M Henriques, P Hughes, N Lyon, J Pattinson, P Siddle, M Starc, M Wade, D Warner, S Watson.