Sydney, Jan 9(ANI): Australia vice-captain Shane Watson's decision to take a break from bowling in Test cricket has provided fresh hopes to all rounders Daniel Christian and Moses Henriques of earning their debut baggy green.
Christian and Henriques, who have both played Twenty20 and one-day cricket for Australia, are among the list of all rounders that have come into contention for the Ashes after Watson elected to focus on batting, News.com.au reports.
National selectors are expected to field a spinning all rounder in the upcoming Test tour of India.
However many pundits have called for a medium-pace all-round option for the Ashes battle that follows.
Henriques felt he was more mentally ready for the rigors of international cricket, but didn't want to get picked on potential.
Henriques said whether you're a bowling all rounder or a batting allrounder, you can't just be in the team as a bits-and-pieces player and you've got to be good enough to be picked in the team as a bowler and a batter.
Henriques added that he is hoping, with some better performances after Christmas he could prove himself.
Christian, 12th man in two Tests last summer when Watson was sidelined, admitted he was a bit disappointed to be left out of Australia's squad for the one-day series.
However the 29-year-old was upbeat there would not be the same dearth of seam all rounders in future Australian Test teams.
Christian said if selectors are looking for that allrounder position then he would love to do it if he has got the runs and wickets behind him. (ANI)