Henriques expects Oz quicks to derive reverse swing in 'sticky' Chennai conditions

Last Updated: Sat, Feb 23, 2013 05:30 hrs

All rounder Moises Henriques has claimed the Australian fast bowlers could derive reverse-swing in sticky Chennai conditions after scoring a half-century on day one of the first Test match against India.

The 26-year-old's first-day 68 helped captain Michael Clarke (103 not out) rescue the tourists' first innings against an onslaught from local hero Ravichandran Ashwin, who grabbed the wickets of all six Oz top-order batsmen.

Clarke resumes on Saturday with Peter Siddle (1 not out) and Australia 7-316.

While the off-spinner dominated Henriques said India's two seamers, Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, had extracted enough reverse swing from the dusty deck to provide plenty of encouragement for Australia's bowlers.

Australia will be bowling before long, and have their faith primarily in three fast bowlers - Siddle, James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc and all-rounder Henriques.

Henriques said there was not much seam movement or anything like that but both Indian quicks were getting it to reverse, adding he thinks with their fast bowlers they'll probably penetrate the wicket a little bit more than what those bowlers did.

Henriques added India bowled with discipline and hopefully with guys like Pattinson, Siddle and Starc, they will have a little bit more air speed.

The Portuguese-born allrounder further said there was certainly reverse swing so he thinks the key with reverse swing is to try to bowl to new batsmen with it and be smart with your fields. (ANI)

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