Australia coach Andrew McDonald has delivered an update on allrounder Cameron Green ahead of the upcoming four-match Test series against India. The much-anticipated series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy is scheduled to begin on February 9 in Nagpur.
And it looks like Cameron Green won’t be able to play in the series-opener as he continues to remain on the sidelines owing to a finger injury. The star allrounder broke his finger during the Boxing Day Test against South Africa last month where he claimed 5-27 and scored 51 not out in another impressive all-round display.
While Green is hopeful of recovering from the injury this week, his main challenge will be to build up his bowling workloads before the series gets underway. He has not bowled since injuring his finger last month and is likely to remain unavailable to bowl in the Nagpur Test.
Andrew McDonald on Cameron Green:
Speaking about Cameron Green, Andrew McDonald said that the allrounder’s biggest challenge at the moment is bowling. And while McDonald did not rule out the possibility of Green playing in the first Test, he admitted that it would be a tough task.
“Where he’s positioned at the moment, his biggest challenge is bowling,” Andrew McDonald told reporters on Sunday.
“There is a lack of loading there, and it’s one of the key reasons around us getting into this camp … to make sure that we’re ready to go for the rigours of what the bowling unit are going to encompass.
“His bowling will be his greatest challenge. He’s got to consult with the surgeon again tomorrow … where he should be given a tick of approval that that bone has healed.
“After that, it should be just building him up and we’ll see how he goes each session. Building confidence is the main thing, setting him up to succeed if he was to play in that first Test match,” he added.
Speaking further, McDonald made it quite clear that Australia won’t have any problem in selecting Green as a specialist batsman. Green was named Player of the Match during one of Australia’s most recent Test in the sub-continent, when a scored a fighting 77 against Sri Lanka on a turning pitch in Galle.
“We value his batting first and foremost really,” McDonald said. “He’s a batter in our top six and we value that. His bowling is a bonus, a very nice bonus.”