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Henriques hungry to press Test claims

AAP logoAAP 24/10/2016 Rob Forsaith

Mitch Marsh is fully expected to be retained as Australia's premier Test allrounder on Friday but Moises Henriques remains on the radar of national selectors.

Marsh has played 14 Tests straight since claiming Shane Watson's spot in the side during the 2015 Ashes.

Initially selected because of his destructive strokeplay, the 25-year-old has since stayed in the XI because of his much-improved bowling.

Marsh has delivered a couple of match-winning ODI knocks for Australia during the past year but is yet to do the same at Test level.

Marsh and coach Darren Lehmann have both acknowledged that he must deliver some runs to keep hold of the No.6 spot in the Test batting order.

Henriques, who played the fourth Test of his career when he toured Sri Lanka in August, looms as the man most likely to usurp Marsh if selectors lose patience with the West Australian.

"He's been in great form with the bat in the Matador Cup," Australia skipper Steve Smith said of Henriques, who scored 85 in the domestic one-day final on Sunday to help deliver NSW victory.

"I know he's hungry to press his claims for Test selection and just win games of cricket for NSW.

"I'm sure if he's doing that and playing well, I'm sure everything will fall into place for him."

It was a similar story for the 29-year-old last year but a recurring calf injury meant he endured a stop-start 2015-16 season.

That setback followed a horrific fielding collision in England, where Henriques was hospitalised with a broken jaw.

Henriques, a member of the incumbent Test XI, recently insisted he was only focused on playing well for NSW.

"There are chances if I bat and bowl well, they're the same chances as anyone playing state cricket," he said on the weekend.

"The first thing you need to do is win games for your state and play well for your state, put performances on the board.

"I need to go out there and score some runs."

Even if Henriques is overlooked by national selectors throughout the next three months, a productive summer will almost certainly ensure he joins Marsh in the Test squad that tours India in February.

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