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.