Henriques replaces Watson for third ODI

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Melbourne, Jan 22 (IANS) All-rounder Moises Henriques was Thursday drafted into the Australian squad in place of fellow all-rounder Shane Watson for the tri-Series match against England in Hobart Friday.

“Watson reported tightness in his right hamstring during training at Blundstone Arena on Thursday morning and has been stood down from the match as a result,” Cricket Australia (CA) said in a statement.

“Henriques will link up with the squad in Hobart Thursday evening and, as a result, will miss the Sydney Sixers – Sydney Thunder KFC Big Bash League (KFC BBL)encounter at the Sydney Cricket Ground.”

However, the 27-year-old Henriques, along with Shaun Marsh and Cameron White – two other players drafted into the Australia squad for Friday’s match – will be released to their franchises for the KFC BBL semi-finals that are scheduled to take place Saturday and Sunday.

Explaining the inclusion of Henriques, national selector Rodney Marsh said: “Moises is one of our leading all-rounders, he has international experience, and in Watson’s enforced absence it made perfect sense to draft him in for this match.”

Australia squad: Steven Smith (captain), Patrick Cummins, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Moises Henriques, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Gurinder Sandhu, Mitchell Starc, Cameron White.

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