Cricket: Henriques returns for final one-dayers

Skipper Michael Clarke. Photo / AP
Skipper Michael Clarke. Photo / AP

Australia's selectors have recalled four players including NSW allrounder Moises Henriques to their squad for the third and fourth one-day internationals against Sri Lanka.

Skipper Michael Clarke, opener David Warner and wicketkeeper Matthew Wade also return to the squad after being rested from the opening two matches.

Game three is on Friday in Brisbane.

Australia chairman of selectors John Inverarity says 25-year-old Henriques, who has played two previous ODI matches, provides an extra seam-bowling option to the side.

Top-order batsmen Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch and middle-order batsman Steve Smith have been dropped along with seam bowler Ben Cutting and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, who was a back-up for Wade and has now suffered a hamstring injury.

"Moises is a young man who has shown promise for some years," Inverarity said yesterday.

The five-match series has been levelled at one-all after Sri Lanka's win in Adelaide on Sunday night.

Pace bowler Kane Richardson, who was a late inclusion in Sunday's team, has also been dropped from the squad.

Inverarity said he hoped Mitchell Johnson (side) and fellow left-armer Mitchell Starc (calf), who both didn't play in Adelaide, would be fit for Friday's third game.

"The medical staff said that it is very likely they'll be fit. We'll make a full assessment on Wednesday and, if there's any doubt, we'll bring other players into the squad," he said.

Australia squad

Michael Clarke (c), George Bailey, Xavier Doherty, Moises Henriques, Phil Hughes, David Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.

- AAP

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