One of Australia’s all time great batsman & captain Steve Waugh firmly believes that Moises Henriques, the all-rounder who put in a great shift in beating India in the 2nd T-20, deserves a place in Australia’s playing XI for the upcoming Ashes series. Waugh’s comments just make the competition for the Aussies’ no. 6 spot even harder with Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell & Hilton Cartwright having to face yet another stern opponent for a place in the team. Even though there are a lot of speculations, the board has cleared it out by saying whoever performs the best in the three Sheffield Shield matches just before the iconic series, will get the place to himself.
The legendary captain himself wore the baggy green for a mammoth 168 times in a span of almost two decades. Waugh explained his choice by saying, “Henriques has been in good form back in Australia for quite some time now & I believe he’s ready to play Test cricket again. He’ll provide great & healthy competition to Maxwell & Cartwright which will ultimately help the whole team”.
Waugh also commented on the ongoing issue of Australia’s keepers. He said, “The selectors are in a conundrum now. They’re focusing more on a keeper scoring runs than someone who can handle the ball better, which is not good at all. Neville was doing well, he was dropped & Wade was brought in. Now they’re contemplating on dropping him again. This will disturb the concentration & the balance of the team”.
The veteran just doesn’t see England cutting it without their prime all-rounder Ben Stokes., who’s out indefinitely with off-field issues. Waugh said, “I don’t think they can win the Ashes without him. But I do understand the ECB’s decisions. These things shouldn’t be done publicly. It just adds a bad image to the player & the team”. When asked about his predictions, Waugh concluded by saying, “I think Australia will win it by 3-1”.