Australia head coach Justin Langer is keen to have all-rounder Cameron Green’s services for the first Test against India in Adelaide, starting Thursday. While Cameron Green did not enjoy a highly impactful ODI debut this summer, the youngster has been prolific in first-class cricket and has impressive numbers. Justin Langer remains hopeful of Green recovering from the concussion suffered in the warm-up game against India, ensuring his availability.
Cameron Green sustained a mild concussion when Jasprit Bumrah struck a fierce straight drive, hitting the all-rounder’s side of the head. As a result, the 21-year old had to be snubbed out of the practice game in Sydney and did not bowl or bat further. He flew to Adelaide with the Test squad members who were involved in Australia’s A game that concluded in Sydney on Sunday. Cricket Australia also recalled Moises Henriques as a cover for Green.
Justin Langer is keeping his fingers crossed on the availability of Cameron Green, who arrived with a massive smile on his face. The Western Australian claimed that there exists an opportunity ahead of him to earn his first Baggy Green and seems in excellent spirits. Thus, Langer hopes that the right-handed batsman would be ready to go, mentioning him as a talent to watch out for.
“Fingers crossed. The guys from Australia A arrived a couple of hours ago. He turned up with a big smile on his face. [There’s a] massive opportunity potentially ahead for him to make his Test debut. He looks in really good spirits. He’s got training tomorrow and Wednesday. Fingers crossed he’ll be right to go – he’s a real talent,” Langer told Channel 7.
We’ve got a very good team no matter which way we go: Justin Langer
While Australia has suffered the impact of injuries and a few non-performing players ahead of a crucial Test series, Justin Langer asserted that they have an excellent team. The 105-Test veteran lamented David Warner’s loss for the first Test as a substantial one; however, he believes they have enough batting talent to make up for it. He also added that the pitch at the Adelaide Oval has life in it and was satisfied for Australia, who got to practice appropriately under lights at the venue.
“Wait and see on Thursday. We’ve got a very got team no matter which way we go. Dave Warner no doubt was a huge loss for us a few weeks ago, but I’m really confident that we’ve got enough batting to make a big difference in this series. It was almost a luxury. To be under lights, centre-wicket – it was a real treat for us. There’s some life in the wicket though, so it should be a great Test match,” he added.