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Henriques gets Aust ODI team call-up
By Greg Buckle
15:14 AEST Mon Jan 14 2013

Moises Henriques became the latest to enter through the revolving door of the Australian one-day cricket squad as chief selector John Inverarity made a passionate defence of his rotation policy.

As forecast by the selectors, skipper Michael Clarke, opener David Warner and wicketkeeper/batsman Matthew Wade were all recalled in the squad named on Monday for the next two ODIs against Sri Lanka after being rested from the first two games.

But the added inclusion of 25-year-old Henriques, who has played two ODIs against India in 2009, means the tally of players used by Australia is set to reach 18 in just three games if he appears in Friday's clash at the Gabba.

Top-order duo Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja, who made their debuts in Melbourne last Friday, were dumped alongside paceman Ben Cutting, allrounder Steve Smith, injured back-up wicketkeeper Brad Haddin and seamer Kane Richardson who was a late call-up for Sunday's game 2 in Adelaide.

The five-game series stands at one-all after Sri Lanka's win at Adelaide Oval.

Finch (Melbourne Renegades) and Cutting (Brisbane Heat) are now free to play in Tuesday's BBL T20 semi-final at Etihad Stadium.

Despite the return of Clarke, Warner and Wade in the 12-man squad it's not quite back to business as usual for the home side with pacemen Mitchell Starc (calf/ankle) and Mitchell Johnson (side strain) yet to prove their fitness after being rested on Sunday.

"We'll make a full assessment on Wednesday and, if there's any doubt, we'll bring other players into the squad," Inverarity said.

Australia coach and selector Mickey Arthur revealed on Sunday that not only did Starc have a calf problem but he is carrying an ankle injury which will require surgery, but hopefully not until after the 2013 Ashes tour.

Arthur says he's sick and tired of some media reports attacking the team's management strategies, such as the decision to rest Starc from last month's Melbourne Test against Sri Lanka.

But questioned by AAP on whether Cricket Australia should provide further injury information on players who are being rested to better inform the public, Inverarity said he was happy to wear the flak.

"That's a question of just how far you inform," Inverarity said on Monday.

"Mitchell Starc, what Mickey said last night was absolutely true.

"There's pain in the ankle and (issues with) bowling workloads.

"We (selectors) are pretty resilient.

"I don't think it's in the interests of the player to reveal every little niggle.

"Players don't want to be seen as vulnerable or physically suspect and we respect that.

"We won't always say that he's got a bit of a bad knee because more can be made of it and it's awkward for the player and we'd rather take the heat than the players."

Inverarity said an extremely demanding schedule of matches and travel commitments these days compounded the issues facing selectors.

Inverarity also defended the decision - which was attacked by host broadcaster the Nine Network - to rest three star batsmen in the same two-game block.

"It was the appropriate time to do it for all those three," he said.

"We're concerned with informed player-management."

Inverarity took aim at former Aussie pace spearhead Brett Lee who says selectors appear to be struggling to make a decision on who should be part of their best side.

"He's not correct because we do know. We know very clearly," Inverarity said.

"So he's wide of the mark."


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