The international men’s season is just a fortnight old and injuries have already hit hard with players struggling to cope with the unusual preparation caused by biosecurity measures in place during the pandemic.
Though Henriques was not required to quarantine, his injury has coincided with an increased workload at the bowling crease.
Henriques, 33, is an accomplished seamer but has seldom bowled in recent years, due to his injury history and NSW’s strong attack.
He turned in some valuable overs in the recent one-day international and Twenty20 series but it has come at a cost.
The injury sours what had been a bright start to the season for Henriques, whose excellent form at domestic level resulted in him being recalled to national colours for the first time in three years.
Warner has been ruled out of the first Test due to a groin strain while limited-overs captain Aaron Finch has also suffered a soft-tissue complaint (hip/glute), sidelined for a Twenty20 game.
Pace duo Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood have also missed games, though their issues were more precautionary.
Jackson Bird injured his calf during the first Australia A game, while Pucovski suffered concussion after being felled by a bouncer in the final overs of the match on Tuesday.
National men’s coach Justin Langer has raised his injury concerns with Cricket Australia’s top brass.
“I actually addressed the CA board the other day and one of the things we’ve got with such tight schedules, we’ve had six injuries now, which is really unusual,” Langer said.
“We’ll obviously review it, and that’s one of the challenges moving forward. Guys are playing all the time with different preparations.
“Obviously each injury has its own individual reason, but that’s one of the challenges.”
Andrew Wu writes on cricket and AFL for The Sydney Morning Herald