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Moises hoping T20 form can get him Test spot

Moises Henriques has been in great form this summer.
Moises Henriques has been in great form this summer. DAVE HUNT

CRICKET: Moises Henriques' career-best form might have come too late for a call-up to India, but for Australia's second-string Twenty20 team he shapes as the key man.

Selectors are still no closer to knowing who will stand up as their long-term Test all-rounder, having burnt through Hilton Cartwright in the home summer and now with Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell back in the fold for the series against India starting next week.

However, the way the cards have fallen, Australia may have unwittingly left out the two all-rounders who are actually running hotter than anyone ahead of the first Test in Pune, in Henriques and one-day revelation Marcus Stoinis.

A side injury which prevented him bowling at a key stage of the summer effectively cruelled Henriques' Test hopes for India, but a colossal Sheffield Shield double century for NSW at the weekend showcased what he's capable of.

No doubt he would prefer to be in the subcontinent where he scored 68 and 81 not out on Test debut in Chennai back in 2013 - but while the Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka starting on Friday has attracted widespread criticism for cheapening the Australian shirt - for Henriques it presents a golden opportunity to represent and rebuild his international career.

"I think everyone has been watching the Big Bash and this is going to be a showcase of the players who played really well in the Big Bash," he said.

"It's disappointing you don't have the Mitchell Starcs and the Steve Smiths and the David Warners back playing but it gives guys like myself an opportunity to play.

"I can't really complain about the schedule too much, otherwise I probably wouldn't have the opportunity to play for my country either.

"I want to play for Australia but I know there's only one way to do that. I've got to win games for NSW and keep doing well.

"I'm not shouting 'pick me', but I just want to keep playing good cricket."

Henriques averages 69.75 this Shield season, with a double ton, a century and a 50 to his name for more than 500 runs in six matches.

The 30-year-old last played a Test in the dead-rubber against Sri Lanka last year, and struggled in both that match and the limited overs games to follow.

For that reason there's extra motivation to seek revenge against Sri Lanka.

Henriques is still buzzing from his 265 against Queensland at the SCG, but says for the first T20 in Geelong on Friday he will have to throw everything out and start again.

"We've only got 20 overs to bat, which will probably be a bit of a relief. But I'm looking forward to the challenge of getting straight into a different format, and hopefully representing my country," he said.

"When you change formats you're asked to do different things and bat in different ways so I'm going to have to do that pretty quickly.

"(Revenge) would be nice, especially for me personally. I had a pretty bad time of it over in Sri Lanka, I didn't score too many runs. So it'd be nice to cash in in Australia in our own conditions and put out a slightly better performance."

News Corp Australia

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