The first Test versus India is still up in the air for Australian all-rounder Cameron Green, with the upcoming days being crucial in his quest for fitness. After breaking his finger during this summer’s Boxing Day Test versus South Africa, the 23-year-old is in a race against time.
Although it has already been established that he would be unable to bowl in Nagpur, Australian skipper Pat Cummins said on Thursday that it is still unknown if he will be capable of participating in any capacity.
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Cameron Green Will Try To Bat In Nets: Pat Cummins
“I know he won’t be bowling (in the first Test),” Cummins said, with the Border-Gavaskar Trophy to be broadcast exclusively on Foxtel and streaming platform Kayo Sports.
“The next week’s obviously really important. He hasn’t been able to do a lot yet.
“I think the nature of that particular injury is once it comes good, it comes good really quickly. Hopefully we’re at that stage where the next week, it really does improve a lot.”
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Although the outcome of that test is unknown, Cummins said Cameron Green will try to play in the nets on Thursday.
“I haven’t seen how that’s gone, but we’ll see how the next week goes, the next few days in particular, and map out a plan,” Cummins added.
“Still kind of hopeful, but see how he goes.”
Nothing Off The Table For First Test: Pat Cummins
Considering the stability the all-rounder adds to the XI, whether Cameron Green plays and doesn’t bowl or doesn’t play at all, it’s a major blow for the Australians. When Green is totally healthy, the Australians may select two fast bowlers, two specialist spinners, and the brilliant 23-year-old as a third seam option.
Selectors have much less freedom without him bowling, something he hasn’t done at peak health since Boxing Day. Without Cameron Green’s bowling, according to Cummins, the option of using three specialist spinners is practically out of the question because just one fast bowler would be available for the starting XI.
But when it concerns to the first Test, he declared that “nothing’s off the table.”
“I doubt that’s kind of an option for the first Test, but we’ll wait and see with the conditions,” Cummins said.
“Again, you look at our team, players like Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Scott Boland, they’re top class bowlers, so even though it might be spinning conditions, it’s hard to bet against those guys not doing a fantastic job.”
On Thursday, the first Test between Australia and India begins at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur.
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