NSW Blues captain Moises Henriques says his bowling has grown sharper and he could not be in better shape heading into domestic one-day competition, his last chance to impress World Cup selectors.
The Blues face the South Australian Redbacks in Brisbane on Saturday for their first game of the Matador One-Day Cup, the tournament they lost to the Queensland Bulls last year.
Henriques said he was looking forward to “taking home a bit of silverware” and mirroring this year’s State of Origin rugby league result.
But while he maintained the focus was on state contests, February’s World Cup loomed large.
“If we win enough games, I’m sure there will be some individuals who will do well along the way,” the 27-year-old all-rounder said.
Henriques said he was hoping to be selected and “everyone that’s playing first class cricket should”.
Henriques, who first represented Australia in 2009, joined last year’s Test tour of India, where he made 68 runs in his first innings and 81 not out in the second.
He said he was in good form, having had six weeks off since playing with Australia A in Darwin and Townsville.
“I feel really fresh and excited for the season. Personally, I don’t think I could be in better shape to be playing good cricket at this time in the year.”
Henriques, a medium-fast bowler, said he was feeling equally strong as a batsman.
“It’s a bit of a day-to-day thing for me, it always has been,” he said.
“I feel I’ve made some good steps with the bowling in the last couple of months that I probably didn’t have a couple of years ago. Having said that, I feel I’m still batting well enough.”
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