Cameron Green is racing against time to recover from a frustrating finger injury in time for the first Test against India, with the Australian all-rounder certain to bowl in Nagpur.
The West Australian suffered a finger injury during the Boxing Day Test against South Africa, in which he claimed 5-27 and scored 51 not out in another brilliant all-round performance.
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On Monday, Green hopes a specialist will certify that his finger has healed. The 23-year problem, old’s though, will be increasing his bowling workloads in time for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
It’s improbable that the right-armer will be able to roll the arm over in the series opener because he hasn’t bowled at full condition since Boxing Day and the Nagpur Test is starting in just 10 days.
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“Where he’s positioned at the moment, his biggest challenge is bowling,” Australian coach Andrew McDonald told reporters on Sunday afternoon.
“There is a shortage of loading there, and it’s one of the main reasons for us coming here… to make sure we’re ready for the rigors of what the bowling unit will entail.” His bowling will be his most difficult challenge. He needs to see the surgeon again tomorrow… where he should be given the thumbs up that the bone has mended,” Andrew McDonald added.
Australia is eager to have Cameron Green as a specialist batter in Nagpur:
Australia is more than happy to choose Green as a specialist batter in Nagpur, where the projected pitch condition is a ferocious turner. The tall right-hander scored a masterful 77 against Sri Lanka on a changing pitch in Galle, earning Player of the Match honors during one of Australia’s most recent Tests in the subcontinent.
“We value his batting first and foremost really, He’s a batter in our top six and we value that. His bowling is a bonus, a very nice bonus,” McDonald said.
Mitchell Starc, Australia’s other major injury concern, is still expected to be ready for the second Test in Delhi on February 17; but, there is a discussion about sending him out earlier than originally intended.
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