Henriques needs to prove the doubters wrong
Now at 25 years old, many are asking what ever happened to Moises Henriques? It seems like only yesterday he was 16, playing for Australia at Under 19′s level.
Nine years on, that player who was once labelled as the next Mark Waugh has been a solid domestic cricket player for the last couple of years and a leader for the NSW Blues during that time.
But with more and more young talent coming through the ranks, he needs to step up this coming season and prove the doubters wrong. With the potential to be a world class all-rounder, you just feel that Henriques is now experienced enough to show all his class.
The potential is definitely there; you see flashes when he reminds you just what all the hype was about. He generally bowls around the 127-135 mark, but can bump it up to 140+. His batting is similarly inconsistent, he tends to get out playing poor shots.
You could watch him score 30 runs and think “this bloke looks like he’s up for a big score”, and then out of nowhere he gets out playing a shot he doesn’t need to.
Henriques still has all the tools, but sometimes it just seems like his head isn’t in the game properly. Has T20 played a role in that? If he sorts that out, he could be anything. His athletic ability and hand-eye coordination is still an impressive part of his game.
The problem for Henriques is that Australia will not pick players just on ability or potential. He needs to show what he can do this summer.
It all starts against Western Australia this Sunday at a Ryobi Cup match, followed by the start of a Sheffield Shield match on the 18th of September.
Good luck Moises.