Former Australia wicketkeeper and legendary batter Adam Gilchrist has commented on the Cameron Green situation as he feels that the all-rounder could feature in the Nagpur Test. However, considering the extent Green’s injury, he feels that the all-rounder could only feature as a batter and will therefore have to give up on his bowling role.
Australia coach Andrew McDonald has already confirmed that Green is currently unable to bowl. The injury was sustained in the Boxing Day Test when the Baggy Green beat South Africa in Melbourne. The win came at a cost for the Aussies as they lost Green as well as Mitchell Starc, both with injuries.
Green to play as batter?
"Such is the way of this psyche of the selectors and this team, I think they’ll start with Green at six, assuming he’s fully fit and not hindered by that finger injury at all,” Gilchrist told 'Sen Radio'.
"I think that’s the nature of this group, they’re pretty trusting of each other and really keen to back each other in every situation."
Green, who has played 18 Tests, has an average of 35.04 with the bat and impressed in the three innings in Sri Lanka last year. He has also taken 23 wickets with his seam bowling, with 5/27 as his best so far.
"The way he played in Sri Lanka, it almost looks like Green develops before our eyes every time he plays a game of cricket… I reckon the steps forward he took in Sri Lanka, they’ll be hoping he can keep that process going."
Australia will be without quicks Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood due to injuries in the opening Test, starting in Nagpur on Thursday. With Green unable to bowl, Scott Boland, who boasts of an impressive 12.21 average with the red ball in national colours, is expected to get his first overseas Test.
"If it's Boland coming in, I think he’s going to be really well suited to the setup there with that nagging line attacking the stumps, he hits pads, he hits stumps with the right field and approach…" Gilchrist said.
Boland will be the second fast bowling option alongside skipper Pat Cummins.
"Between Cummins' skills, Boland's skill, Nathan Lyon and I suppose Lance Morris if they think they need another quick or another spin option (I think they will be alright).
"(Starc) is a big loss but you look on the other side of the fence, no Rishabh Pant, no Jasprit Bumrah, they’re a couple of key players for India so it probably all balances out a bit."
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India without Jasprit Bumrah
While the absence of Starc, who is nursing a finger injury, in the opening Test will be a big loss for Australia, India will also be without the services of ace pacer Jasprit Bumrah and dashing wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant.
The first Test match between India and Australia will start at 9:30 AM on Thursday (February 9) with the toss taking place at 9:00 AM.