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No Faulkner for South Africa tour

By AAP .
28 January 2014 04:01PM EST

MOISES Henriques is confident he's learnt important lessons from his baptism of fire in India last year, but admits he'll be up against it in South Africa.

Henriques was a late call-up to the 15-man squad on Tuesday after in-form allrounder James Faulkner was ruled out with a knee injury.

Faulkner appeared on the verge of forcing his way back into the Test side after his heroics throughout the one-day series and gritty one-off Test appearance at The Oval last August.

But the landscape has changed dramatically, with Henriques only newly back in the international picture and battling for consistency this summer.

Former Test batsman Dean Jones was quick to question Henriques' selection on social media, pointing out that the 26-year-old had averaged 34 with the bat and taken just five wickets in first-class cricket before the break in the Sheffield Shield in December.

Australia have a vacancy to fill in the middle order and Henriques says a last-start Shield hundred makes him believe he can come from the clouds and make the most of a lucky chance.

"It's unfortunate for James ... he's been playing some very good cricket over the summer, so I've got some big shoes to fill there," Henriques said in Hobart on Tuesday.

"To get the call-up to the Test tour is pretty delightful.

"It's going to be tough.

"Barring injuries, you'd assume it's a very similar line-up ...

"I just need to make sure I'm doing all the work off the field. If there's a vacancy, I'm there ready to step up.

"I certainly feel like my batting has progressed over the last couple of years, and my cricket altogether.

"When I was younger, I struggled to learn from mistakes and I feel I'm learning quicker now."

In a mixed debut Test tour of the subcontinent in 2013, Henriques made impressive runs in the opener before struggling in the next two Tests as Australia nosedived.

After a mixed run in his three Shield games, more recently he's been a solid contributor for the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League.

Henriques will play in the opening Twenty20 international against England on Wednesday, before heading to South Africa on Friday.

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Pat. Williams 28 January 2014 4:33PM

How on earth will Australia manage without its flavour of the month player?

Ken 28 January 2014 4:40PM

Personally, I would have picked him before Faulkner in the first place. Faulkner has shown no signs that his batting or especially his bowling is up to test standard. Now, if we can just get rid of Marsh & Watson.