Henriques hopes IPL experience beneficial in Sri Lanka

henriquesAustralia all-rounder Moises Henriques hopes his experience in the Indian Premier League will hold him in good stead during the tour of Sri Lanka.

Henriques was a surprise inclusion for the three-Test series, which begins in Pallekele on July 26.
The 29-year-old believes playing in Sunrisers Hyderabad’s successful IPL campaign could be advantageous in the conditions.

“I think I was pretty lucky given I had the opportunity to play in the IPL,” Henriques told a news conference on Tuesday.

“The wickets obviously don’t spin as much in T20 cricket as they probably will here, but the training in the IPL they do spin although it is a completely different mindset, but they are somewhat similar conditions.

“Then, I was back home for five weeks, was able to go up to Brisbane and train on the spinning wicket that Cricket Australia have developed up there, which is actually a very good wicket.
“A few things like that, you sort of have to adjust the lines and lengths that you bowl in these conditions.”
Henriques has played just three Tests, with the last of those coming against India at Mohali in March 2013.

The all-rounder struggled with injuries last year, making his last first-class appearance for New South Wales in November.

Henriques said he was targeting greater consistency should he get another Test chance.
“I hope I’ve improved and I hope I’ve also learned about how hard Test cricket actually is in terms of backing up day after day, Test after Test,” he said.

“You see our captain Smithy [Steve Smith] and Davey [David Warner] and how they perform Test after Test and they’re able to bounce back and just be extremely consistent all the time.

“You know it’s not just about one good performance or a couple of good performances, you’ve just got to keep churning them out and keep being as good as you can for as long as you can.” (Courtesy AOL)