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Henriques has chance to stake Test claim

AAP logoAAP 4/11/2016 Matt Encarnacion

NSW captain Moises Henriques has a supreme opportunity to earn a recall to the Test team when he bats in the Sheffield Shield on Saturday.

Another batting failure from allrounder Mitch Marsh in Australia's collapse against South Africa in Perth has re-opened the debate for Henriques to be drafted into the Test team.

And the 29-year-old, who was dropped from the side in favour of Usman Khawaja after playing the third Test in Sri Lanka, can have the biggest say when he helps the Blues chase Western Australia's first-innings of 216 at the SCG.

Marsh now averages 24 runs from 29 innings, while Henriques averages 23 in eight.

"I know Moises and I know he won't be thinking too much about (a Test recall). He'd just be trying to win games for NSW cricket," day one hero Stephen O'Keefe said.

"He's always that sort of attitude, he's never looked too far ahead.

"We'll be expecting good things from him. He's in great nick, and hopefully a big score for him will set the game up well for us."

The Blues will begin the day at 1-24 with Dan Hughes (15) and nightwatchman Trent Copeland currently at the crease, and Henriques is slated to come in at No.6.

After three months out of the game, O'Keefe increased his own chances of a Test this summer after enjoying a near-perfect comeback to first-class cricket against the Warriors.

The left-arm spinner bagged five wickets on a spinner's paradise at Moore Park.

"I couldn't have asked for too much more, getting five-fer in your return game, so pretty happy about that," he said.

"But in saying that there's a lot more cricket to go in the game. I'm going to have to repeat that again in the second innings and bat well down the end of the innings because I think getting a lead's going to be critical if we're going to have to bat last on this wicket."

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