Cricket - Henriques ready for 'big role' on debut

All-rounder Moises Henriques is champing at the bit to make his Test debut after being included in Australia's starting line-up for their opening encounter with India on Friday.

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Cricket - Henriques ready for 'big role' on debut

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David Warner is confident of playing despite not recovering fully from a broken thumb

Henriques, who has played five one-day internationals for the Baggy Greens, is set to bolster the tourists' batting line-up at number six and his right-arm seamers will give captain Michael Clarke some options in Chennai.

Henriques was told he would make his Test bow on Tuesday by Australia coach Mickey Arthur and is grateful of the notice. "It's nice to know a couple of days out that you're playing and to know that you can go into training and really attack the plans and the methods that you're going to try and use in the game as well," Henriques said.

"I had a fair idea, once selected on the tour, before even coming to India, having played here before...what I might be up against and I've got some pretty clear plans. I have a pretty big role to play with both bat and ball. I will play as a genuine all-rounder."

With Australia picking specialist quicks Peter Siddle, James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc, plus off-spinner Nathan Lyon for the series opener, Henriques, Shane Watson and potentially Clarke and David Warner will provide variety to the tourists' attack.

Clarke has overcome a nagging hamstring problem and will lead the side in the first of four Tests, while opening batsman David Warner will play despite his broken thumb having not yet fully healed.

"I am very confident of playing," Warner told reporters in Chennai. "I have had four long days of training. I have been hitting for an hour each session to get a feel of hitting the ball and putting myself under fatigue to see if I will get any pain as I go on."

There is much speculation India will aim to give their opponents a trial by spin, with Australia's lower order showing some frailty in the three-day match against India A which ended in a draw. The hosts are expected to select up to four spinners although Warner is prepared for that eventuality.

"I think it's very important to either go down to the wicket or create room in the crease to hit against the spinners," he added. "If you put them off, you're in for a good day. With my game, it's all about being decisive - either go forward or go back.

"If I'm caught in between, that's what spells my downfall. So, I think my game's better when I'm putting the pressure on the bowler."

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