Australia skipper Tim Paine has confirmed that Cameron Green will make his Test debut within the first match against India beginning Thursday at the Adelaide Oval.
Speaking to media on Wednesday, Paine said that Green are going to be playing as an all-rounder and would bowl quite four overs during a spell which was the limit set for him thanks to workload management.
Green got hit on the top during a warm-up tie against the touring Indians last Friday and had to be substituted thanks to concussion. His test on Tuesday, however, yielded positive results.
“I think he (Green) is pretty good to travel . He obviously trained with us yesterday, awakened well today and intends to coach with us today, it’s all going well. Cameron Green will make his Test debut tomorrow which is great news for him, us and Australian cricket fans,” said Paine on the eve of the primary Test.
The Australia captain said that Green’s availability as an all-rounder for an extended time will help take many load off pace bowlers Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood and help prolong their careers.
The Aussie pace bowling trio was over bowled within the last series against India in 2018-19 within the last two Tests at Adelaide and Melbourne, something Hazlewood last week said they do not need a repeat of during this series.
“I think he (Green) will bowl a couple of quite four overs. Once you’re selected during a match game you’re good to travel . Having said that we do not expect him to bowl an enormous amount of overs anyway. With the attack we’ve got we just see him as a pleasant change-up,” said Paine.
“He takes maybe 12-14 overs an innings out of our key fast bowlers which is great in terms to be ready to keep them fresh for the pink ball Test for an evening session and in terms of keeping them fresh for the entire series. Obviously if Greeny can continue… having him within the side allows us to possess Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins round the Australia team for even longer in terms of their careers.
“He are going to be an enormous asset to us therein sense but we’ll wait and see what percentage overs he bowls. we all know that when he does that he makes an impression which is what we expect him to try to to ,” he added.
The 36-year-old also said Green are going to be given an opportunity to bat at an edge where he can succeed and not throw him in opener’s role where the hosts are struggling for options following injuries to David Warner, Will Pucovski and poor sort of Joe Burns.
“We will use Green more therein all-rounder’s spot. there’s little question that . we do not want to bring a child of his age, he’s also getting to bowl us overs and convey him mate and say, you mind opening the batting during a pink ball match game . No, we would like to use Greeny in positions that give him the simplest chance to succeed and for that he’s batting therein all-rounder’s spot,” Paine said while lavishing praise on the youngster.
“He is super impressive, I even have played against him. Have seen him score hundreds against Tasmania before. Yeah, i used to be out there with him (in the primary warm-up against India) and lecture him. He was really, really impressive for a man his age. Understands his game rather well . Really smart cricket brain for such a man and really calm and funky struggling from what I even have seen him playing against us and being around him for the last week, he’s made for Test cricket and that we can’t wait to ascertain him play tomorrow and unleash him,” added the captain.
Paine, however, refused to divulge the playing eleven, and also the openers for the opening Test of the four-match series, although he did admit that Matthew Wade is an option. The wicketkeeper-batsman also hoped that Steve Smith would be available for the match after affected by a sore back on Tuesday.
“Yes we’ve a team but we cannot be releasing it unfortunately till the toss tomorrow. i do know we’ve two people walking bent bat tomorrow. we’ll be keeping that in-house till tomorrow,” he said.
“He (Wade) is certainly an choice to open the batting, little question that . i assumed we’ve variety of men who are willing to open the batting which says tons about our whole group and not just Wadey. But Wadey we saw within the series against New Zealand last time, he’s willing to place his body on the road for the team. we all know he’s as tough as nails and that we know he will do employment regardless of where he bats for us. Obviously it’s nice. we’ve got a scenario where we could have a special opener…and as I said we’ve got variety of men during this group to place their hand up to try to to it if that’s the simplest thing for the team which may be a great point for the team,” added Paine.