Australia recall Henriques, Starc for Sri Lanka tour

Sydney: All-rounder Moises Henriques earned a surprise recall Tuesday to Australia's Test squad for Sri Lanka after James Pattinson was ruled out injured, with Stephen O'Keefe included as a second spinner.

Australia are embarking on their first Test tour of Sri Lanka in five years, as part of a two-month series that also involves five one-day internationals and two Twenty20s.

Mitchell Starc returns to the Australia squad from an injury layoff. Reuters

Mitchell Starc returns from an injury layoff. Reuters

Henriques was an unexpected choice, returning for the first time since 2013 with pacemen Pattinson and Peter Siddle both ruled out with back injuries.

Nathan Coulter-Nile was also included in the 15-man squad for the July-August Test series, along with O'Keefe who was picked for last summer's final Test against the West Indies but overlooked for their two-match tour to New Zealand on green, seaming pitches.

Pace spearhead Mitchell Starc returns to Test cricket after a six-month injury absence.

"This squad has proven experience in sub-continental conditions," said national selector Rod Marsh.

"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.


Updated Date: May 24, 2016 11:27 AM

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