Moises Henriques disagreed with George Bailey when informed of his remarkable slide down the Test pecking order, but the allrounder appreciated the chief selector’s honesty.
Henriques was arguably the most notable omission from Australia’s Test squad and a list of Australia A players named by Bailey’s panel earlier this month.
Of the 19-man group set to tour South Africa earlier this year, Henriques, James Pattinson (retired) and Will Pucovski (concussion) are the only members who weren’t invited to an Ashes bootcamp in Brisbane.
Henriques, gearing up to lead Sydney Sixers at the SCG on Sunday as they shoot for a third straight BBL title, hasn’t given up hope of extending his four-Test career.
“I have a different view to what the selectors do,” Henriques said.
“To be picked on one Test tour, and be told that I was there and thereabouts to be playing on that tour, then the next Test tour rolls around and you’re not in the best 25.
“It’s a huge fall, considering I hadn’t played any other four-day games or (Sheffield) Shield games in that break.
“I didn’t agree with the process of it all.
“I didn’t really understand the logic.
“But it’s not my job to understand the logic either.
“It’s just my job to go out and keep playing as well as I can.”
Henriques only marked his red-ball return in the recent Shield match at the SCG, at which point teammates Nathan Lyon and Sean Abbott were already quarantining in Queensland.
The veteran returned home from the IPL when hotel quarantine was still required in Sydney then spent time with wife Krista and son Archie during the Blues’ second Shield game.
“I still believe if I score enough runs, keep banging the door down and keep doing what I know I can do well, then I’ll still play another Test match for Australia,” Henriques said.
Communication between players and selectors has been a bugbear of the former under countless regimes at Cricket Australia.
Henriques made it clear he had no complaints in that regard, noting “there’s been a lot of communication” between him and former teammate Bailey.
“I obviously have a lot of respect for him as a person first and foremost,” he said.
“It also means we’re not going to always agree, and it’s completely fine.
“That’s a good sign of a good working relationship, when you can both air what you think.
“You don’t necessarily agree, but you both understand that is OK, we’ve got to move forward.
“There was nothing offensive said from either party … I don’t think any less of him and hopefully he doesn’t think any less of me.
“Even when he’s delivering bad news … he’s been honest and told me his point of view.”