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Moises: We have a balanced side

Moises Henriques

Calcutta: Moises Henriques knows that being a medium pacer-who-can-bat makes him an unique option for his team. But the all-rounder still feels that he is not guaranteed a slot in playing XI.

Asked if he was the frontrunner for the No.7 spot in Australian Test team for the series starting on February 22, Moises said: “That’s not for me to decide… Steven Smith batted really well on Tuesday and (Glenn) Maxwell showed (in the first warm-up) what he can do.”

He said the Australian side have the required balance. “At this stage, I’m the only seam bowling all-rounder so I certainly give what you could call a unique option. But I guess in these conditions, the spin bowling option also is going to be a good one. I guess whatever situation asks for, the squad has got a good balance,” he said, after Australia’s first warm-up match, against the Board President’s XI ended in a draw.

Moises didn’t score too many runs, but he did well with the ball taking four wickets giving away just 12 runs. About his bowling strategy, he said: “I don’t try and change my length too much, unless I see the batsman getting too far forward. I certainly change my position on the crease, a little wider or a little closer.”

“I bowled well today, but I think I let go of a great opportunity I had with the bat on Tuesday. I felt comfortable early and had a good opportunity to spend some time in those conditions,” he added.

Asked about senior batsman Shane Watson’s influence on him, he said: “To have one of the greatest all-rounders in the dressing room is certainly an advantage. To be able to bounce ideas off someone like Shane is great. What I tried to do today was something that Shane does really well.”

He has been to India several times, as a member of the ODI team and to play in the IPL.