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Sunday, 10 March 2019

Forgotten star ready to fight for World Cup spot


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Moises Henriques’ dark days are behind him. The all-rounder has declared he should be considered for selection for Australia again, ahead of the upcoming World Cup and Ashes series.

The 32-year old last played at the highest level almost two years ago but given his form in the Big Bash and Sheffield Shield, he says it’s time his name is put back on the table.

“I think it should be but I can understand why it’s not as well," Henriques said.

“At the same time, I feel like I’ve been playing really good one day cricket for New South Wales for four or five years now.”

Henriques is averaging 41 this Shield season and last week posted his best bowling figures in eight years, taking 3 wickets for 7 in a crucial game against the Queensland Bulls. In the same match he led with the bat, top scoring with 78.

Moises Henriques

“I think I’d be at the top of the runs and averages list every year, so I’m sure with performances like that you’d be somewhere in the conversation and especially if you can bowl as bit as well but I can understand that I’ve had some opportunities at that level as well,” he said.

It’s no secret Henriques has endured struggles in his personal life.

He’s been open about his battle with mental illness which saw him briefly step away from the game at the end of 2017.

He underwent treatment for clinical depression and says it’s no coincidence that his improved mental outlook has translated to results on the field, given he’s enjoying cricket more than ever before.

“The only thing I’m disappointed about is that it took so long to make change and to make such positive change but I’m just happy I did in the end,” he said.

Moises Henriques

“I’m very happy for the experience that I went through because I just felt like it’s taught me so many good lessons that hopefully I can continue to use in my life and with any luck I can pass on to some of my teammates as well."

Any player involved in the longer-than-usual Big Bash competition combined with Shield cricket could be forgiven for feeling fatigued this deep in the season, but Henriques credits his new outlook with his revived energy for the game.

"Personally for me it doesn’t, but that’s coming from someone who’s had a pretty refreshed mental state of recent times with a kind-of new outlook on the game,” he said.  

“I do feel like I’m enjoying it a lot more, as I said the seasons or the competitions don’t feel long.”

Moises Henriques

Henriques is now on the brink of Sheffield Shield success, with two games to go the Blues are second on the ladder. A huge turnaround from last year’s dismal season where they finished second last.

“Maybe my values have changed a little bit and my goals have changed a little bit but to see the success and to see my teammates happy at the end of the day, I know winning the shield final would create some really fond memories for everyone,” he said.

Given Australia’s constant search for a solid all-rounder, the next step for Henriques could well be a recall to the Australian side.

“I’d love to be on that tour or be considered for that tour it would be an absolute honour but again if I’m not, so be it,” he said.

Moises Henriques’ dark days are behind him. The all-rounder has declared he should be considered for selection for Australia again, ahead of the upcoming World Cup and Ashes series.

The 32-year old last played at the highest level almost two years ago but given his form in the Big Bash and Sheffield Shield, he says it’s time his name is put back on the table.

“I think it should be but I can understand why it’s not as well," Henriques said.

“At the same time, I feel like I’ve been playing really good one day cricket for New South Wales for four or five years now.”

Henriques is averaging 41 this Shield season and last week posted his best bowling figures in eight years, taking 3 wickets for 7 in a crucial game against the Queensland Bulls. In the same match he led with the bat, top scoring with 78.

Moises Henriques

“I think I’d be at the top of the runs and averages list every year, so I’m sure with performances like that you’d be somewhere in the conversation and especially if you can bowl as bit as well but I can understand that I’ve had some opportunities at that level as well,” he said.

It’s no secret Henriques has endured struggles in his personal life.

He’s been open about his battle with mental illness which saw him briefly step away from the game at the end of 2017.

He underwent treatment for clinical depression and says it’s no coincidence that his improved mental outlook has translated to results on the field, given he’s enjoying cricket more than ever before.

“The only thing I’m disappointed about is that it took so long to make change and to make such positive change but I’m just happy I did in the end,” he said.

Moises Henriques

“I’m very happy for the experience that I went through because I just felt like it’s taught me so many good lessons that hopefully I can continue to use in my life and with any luck I can pass on to some of my teammates as well."

Any player involved in the longer-than-usual Big Bash competition combined with Shield cricket could be forgiven for feeling fatigued this deep in the season, but Henriques credits his new outlook with his revived energy for the game.

"Personally for me it doesn’t, but that’s coming from someone who’s had a pretty refreshed mental state of recent times with a kind-of new outlook on the game,” he said.  

“I do feel like I’m enjoying it a lot more, as I said the seasons or the competitions don’t feel long.”

Moises Henriques

Henriques is now on the brink of Sheffield Shield success, with two games to go the Blues are second on the ladder. A huge turnaround from last year’s dismal season where they finished second last.

“Maybe my values have changed a little bit and my goals have changed a little bit but to see the success and to see my teammates happy at the end of the day, I know winning the shield final would create some really fond memories for everyone,” he said.

Given Australia’s constant search for a solid all-rounder, the next step for Henriques could well be a recall to the Australian side.

“I’d love to be on that tour or be considered for that tour it would be an absolute honour but again if I’m not, so be it,” he said.

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