A very exciting young all-rounder, Cameron Green has taken the domestic Australian cricket by storm and didn’t miss the radar of the national selectors as he was named in the 18-men limited overs squad led by Aaron Finch for the series against India starting Nov 27.
Not too long ago had former national selector, Greg Chappell heaped praises on Green calling him the best batting talent he has seen since Ricky Ponting.
“This kid can play – he’s a serious talent. I think he’s the best batting talent I’ve seen since Ricky Ponting,” Chappell had said. “He’s got something special in that he’s 6ft 7in tall, we haven’t seen anyone of that size dominate from a batting point of view. And the kid can bowl, so it’s a real challenge.”
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His prodigious talent was acknowledged by the national selectors after he had a sparkling run for Western Australia in the ongoing season of Sheffield Shield where he also played his career-best innings of 197-runs against New South Wales. In the 9 games that he has played for Western Australia, he has amassed 929 runs at an average of 84.45 including four centuries, establishing himself as one of the best batsmen in the tournament. To add on to his batting prowess, he also has two 5-wicket hauls in Sheffield Shield- including the figures of 5-24 on his debut as a 17-year old – but hasn’t bowled a single over since 2019 due to lower back concerns.
“Cameron Green’s domestic form has been outstanding and he has carried it through for Western Australia this summer,” national selector Trevor Hohns said. “As a potential player of the future this is an opportunity for him to be part of the squad and build on his experience.”
The selectors have been very keen on batting all-rounders while picking up the limited overs squad as Moises Henriques got recalled to the national side at the age of 33- having last played for Australia in 2017. The New South Wales all-rounder had led Sydney Sixers to a BBL title last season and was in phenomenal form having a season strike rate of 150.
“Moises is a tremendous cricketer with loads of experience and is a great person to have around the group. His form was extremely impressive in leading the Sixers to the BBL title last summer and he has played well at the start of this season,” Hohns said.
Mitchell Marsh, who picked up an ankle injury in the Indian Premier League, has been left out of the side after consulting the team’s medical staff and is likely to represent Australia A in the warm-up games against India in the build up to the test-series.
“Mitch will commence some low intensity fitness and skills in the coming weeks and selectors are hopeful of his return to play in the Australia A fixtures in early December and then for him to be fully fit to perform his role in the side as an all-rounder,” Hohns said. “What we do have is like for like replacements in Moises and Cameron as batting all-rounders in line with our selection approach for one-day cricket.”
The notable omissions from the squad are Nathan Lyon, Josh Philippe, Riley Meredith and Andrew Tye.
Australia’s white-ball squad: Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (vc), Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa
Australia will play three ODIs and as many T20Is between 27th November and 08th December.
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