County news March 6, 2012

Glamorgan bring in Henriques

ESPNcricinfo staff

Moises Henriques, the Australian allrounder, has signed for Glamorgan. He will cover for Marcus North for the first part of the season while North recovers from injury and attends the birth of his second child.

It will be Henriques' first stint in overseas first-class cricket and provide him the chance to enhance his credentials in the longer form of the game. Henriques, 25, has a useful first-class record for New South Wales, having scored 1257 runs at 29.92 and taken 47 wickets at 31.38. He also played two ODIs for Australia in India in 2009.

Moises is well known to Glamorgan's head of elite performance, Matthew Mott, who was previously head coach of New South Wales. "I am delighted that Moises will be joining us for the first part of the season," Mott said. "We play nearly a third of our Championship matches within the first five weeks. Given the probability of bowler friendly conditions, we opted for an all-rounder, which will provide us with some additional options as we look to start the season in a positive manner."

Mott is hoping to revive Glamorgan's fortunes. Brought in for the start of last season after huge upheaval behind the scenes, Mott was unable to turn his new club around immediately, as they slumped to sixth in County Championship Division Two, fifth in group C of the Clydesdale Bank 40 League and seventh in the south group of the Flt20.

Glamorgan, who appointed wicketkeeper Mark Wallace as captain at the end of last season, also had their plans to build forward from last season hit when Alviro Petersen decided not to return as the club's overseas player owing to his international ambitions. He subsequently signed a deal for the early part of the season with Essex.

Marcus North was brought in to replace Petersen but his absence has opened a window for Henriques. "I am thrilled to be joining Glamorgan - they are an ambitious county and I look forward to working with Matthew Mott again," he said. "The first few weeks of the season will be hugely important for all counties and I hope to make a positive contribution for Glamorgan as they look to start the season on the front foot."

Glamorgan, who were in talks to sign Mitchell Johnson for their T20 campaign, begin their season away to Leicestershire on April 5.

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Mainuddin on March 7, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Lol! What a joke of a decision! Henriques would struggle to get into Kenyan domestic cricket. No wonder Glamorgan are in so much trouble with poor decisions like these.

  • James on March 7, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    How can this guy get a visa and someone like Andrew McDonald (i.e. a better and more experienced player) cannot? I presume its to do with his Portuguese heritage, but if so then surely he would not be an overseas player? I don't see why counties go for run-of-the-mill overseas players (Mott says he wanted bowling options - he's only taken 47 first-class wickets!) when international class stars are available e.g. Pakistanis, I see a newspaper article today where Hafeez has declared himself available for county cricket. He'd be a great addition to the county game, run-of-the-mill Aussies less so (you can extend the anti-Pakistan bias to the IPL as well - Kevon Cooper? Mitchell Marsh? You must be joking!).

  • Bryn on March 6, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    one of the many great allrounders at australia's disposal, should be a good time for him.

  • No featured comments at the moment.