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Aussie All-rounder Moises Henriques back in the test squad

All-rounder Moises Henriques earned a surprise recall on Tuesday to Australia's test squad for Sri Lanka after James Pattinson was ruled out due to injury, with Stephen O'Keefe included as a second spinner.

Australia are embarking on their first test tour of Sri Lanka in five years, as part of a two-month series that also involves five one-day internationals and two Twenty20s.

Henriques was an unexpected choice, returning for the first time since 2013 with pacemen Pattinson and Peter Siddle both ruled out with back injuries.

Nathan Coulter-Nile was also included in the 15-man squad for the July-August test series, along with O'Keefe who was also picked for last summer's final test against the West Indies.

Pace spearhead Mitchell Starc returns to test cricket after a six-month injury absence.

The national selector Rod Marsh later said - 



This squad has proven experience in sub-continental conditions.Henriques comes into the squad to give the flexibility of an additional all-rounder option, having already shown he plays and adapts well to spin-friendly conditions.He has been working hard with his fitness and we believe he is in prime condition to serve us well should he be selected to play.




He added that O'Keefe would complement Nathan Lyon well, if selected in the final XI.

But Pattinson's omission is a setback, after he failed to recover from the back problem he picked up on the New Zealand tour.

The top-ranked Australia play tests in Kandy, Galle and Colombo from July 26 with Lyon and Khawaja the only players to have previously experienced the five-day game in Sri Lanka, when Michael Clarke's team won their last series 1-0 in 2011.

Australia Squad: Steve Smith (capt), David Warner, Jackson Bird, Joe Burns, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Peter Nevill, Stephen O'Keefe, Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges.

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