Henriques handed Test bow
Australia have confirmed Moises Henriques will make his Test debut in the series-opener with India at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium.
Henriques has beaten off competition from fellow all-rounder Glenn Maxwell to earn a place for the first Test of four, which starts on Friday.
The selection of the 26-year-old, who was born in Portugal, means Australia go into the game with just one spinner in Nathan Lyon.
Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson make up the remainder of the tourists’ attack.
Opening batsman David Warner has been passed fit, but is set to bat with a splint on his fractured thumb.
Henriques impressed in Australia’s warm-up games and has been urged by coach Mickey Arthur to retain a positive approach when facing India’s spinners.
He explained: “I'm a fairly aggressive batsman by nature and Mickey just said if you want to do something out there in the middle just back your strengths.
“It's a good boost of confidence to know you can go out there with your own twist on things. You don't want to be bogged down for too long against these spinners with attacking fields - it's almost an accident waiting to happen.”
Australia team for first Test with India: Ed Cowan, David Warner, Phil Hughes, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke (captain), Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper), Moises Henriques, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon.