By Henry Jacobs, Sporting News

Three New South Wales batsmen are closing in on selection for the Australian Test side according to Blues coach Trent Johnston.

While mass changes in the out of sorts Australian lineup are unlikely, attention is sure to at least turn in the direction of flourishing Sheffield Shield players.

Australia A representatives Kurtis Patterson and Nic Maddinson have both notched centuries in the opening five games of the season, while Moises Henriques already has four Tests to his name and was in the squad for the recent tour of Sri Lanka.



“(They) wouldn’t look out of place in a baggy green, and I think that those three deserve to have their names mentioned as potential selections in the Australian Test team,” Johnston said.

“Maddo said himself that his ton in the first innings of the WA game was one of the best that he has played . . . KP’s A-series was outstandings with 100s in both formats of the game, I think he impressed a lot of people up there.

“I think Moises is only one big score away from knocking down that door again.”

The next opportunity for the trio to stake their claim is at the SCG on Thursday against Victoria.

Moises Henriques is exclusively managed by The Fordham Company.

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