MOISES Henriques' dream start to the season continues after inching closer to a prized "baggy green" cap.
Henriques has been picked in the Australian A side to play a full-strength South Africa at Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.
It is the St George captain's first taste of international exposure since playing a one-day international against India in 2009.
Former Test player Murray Bennett, who watched Henriques rise through the ranks at St George, said it was only a matter of time before Henriques fulfilled his potential.
"Everyone who has seen Moises appreciates his talent," Bennett said. "He would probably say himself that he has under achieved at the first-class level based on his talent but I'm not surprised by his start to the season.
"He is one of the most talented cricketers I have ever seen and it will be a hell of a shame if he can't fulfil his promise because he can play cricket at the highest level for a long time."
Henriques came of age cracking his maiden first-class century scoring a match-winning 161 not-out for NSW against Tasmania at Bankstown Oval last month.
That followed consecutive half centuries in a limited overs and a previous Sheffield Shield match to start the season.
He has continued his blistering form for Sydney Sixers in the Champions League Twenty20.
"He is 25 and now a well-travelled cricketer," Bennett said.
"It gets a point in time where you realise you're good enough to compete at that level and that's a big step in having the confidence. He is injury free too, which is a big factor."
Sutherland's Steve Smith is in the squad while Henriques' St George teammates Josh Hazlewood and Trent Copeland were overlooked.
National selector John Inverarity said Hazlewood was on their radar while Bennett conceded the duo were unlucky.
"Josh has been going very well and must be close," Bennett said. "With Trent he is a wonderful and whole-hearted cricketer who would never let you down."