Allrounder is given the GREEN light to return for depleted Australia in much-needed boost for crucial third Test against India
Cameron Green has recovered from a frustrating broken finger and is ready to play a major role in Australia’s push to turn around their troubled Test cricket tour of India.
The 23-year-old will make his first appearance since suffering the injury while batting during the Boxing Day Test against South Africa at the MCG.
Green has been sorely missed batting at No.6, bowling valuable overs of pace, and for his deadly fielding in gully during the first two Tests in India.
Green has returned to bowling after suffering a fractured finger and is set to return for Australia
It was batting that held back Green’s return, with the all-rounder saying a few hits to the hand had set him back
The allrounder revealed he was ready to return for the infamous second Test in Delhi, but a training mishap in the nets pushed his return out by a week.
‘I was so, so close last game, but I think probably having an extra week has helped a lot, so I’m 100 per cent ready to go,’ he said.
‘I reckon it’s just a few instances in the nets where I’d maybe go for a sweep and just jarred (the injured finger) on my bat.
‘I went for a sweep to a pretty new ball, just caught the very end of it and had a bit of pain at the back of my finger, but apart from that, it’s been really sweet the last two weeks. I’ve got a lot of confidence in it.’
‘We just thought we’d sacrifice a game and with the year ahead we’ve got, it was probably the right call.
Cummins has returned to Australia to be with his sick mother in Sydney and will miss the third Test against India
Green’s return could not come at a better time for the Aussies with skipper Pat Cummins remaining at home in Sydney to be with his sick mother while pace spearhead Mitchell Starc is still awaiting clearance to return from injury.
The return of Green will give Australia the luxury of playing just one dedicated pace bowler again with the all-rounder providing support.
Pace bowler Mitchell Starc is also hopeful of returning from injury for the third Test with Josh Hazlewood and Cummins ruled out
Starc is favourite to take up that mantle if fit, although Scott Boland and debutant-in-waiting Lance Morris are in India and ready to go.
Australia trail 0-2 heading into the third Test in Indore, starting on Wednesday, with any hope of regaining the Border-Gavaskar trophy already gone after two calamitous batting collapses in Delhi and Nagpur.
But the tourists can still guarantee their spot in the World Test Championship final, almost certainly to be against India, at Lord’s if they can avoid a 4-0 whitewash.
Initially it was feared Green’s bowling would take longer to come back after suffering the injury, but it is only now he is feeling comfortable batting against all types of bowlers.
If Starc cannot pass a fitness test, it could open the door for young tearaway Lance Morris to earn a debut
Scott Boland has been highly reliable in his short Test career and is likely to be called upon if Starc is not fit
Green batted for more than an hour at training on Friday, declaring himself ‘ready’ for his first Test on Indian soil.
‘My bowling is actually doing really well,’ Green said.
‘We probably thought maybe the ball on the back of the finger, kind of rolling off might be painful, but that’s been completely fine.
‘I had my first hit probably four or five days go against pace bowlers and it felt completely fine so thankfully it’s not really bouncy like in Australia where over here you can get over the ball pretty easily.’
Green will likely come in for Matt Renshaw and bat at No.6, with Travis Head to remain as opener in place of David Warner after a blazing cameo during the second innings in Delhi.