After Australia recorded an impressive one-day international series victory over India, the contest created many intriguing points of discussion. Along with Aaron Finch and Steve Smith returning to their best at the crease, all eyes were on Cameron Green, who made his long-awaited international debut for the Baggy Greens. Following an injury to David Warner, the 21-year-old stepped in to replace the former vice-captain and didn’t disappoint when given the opportunity. So, let’s take a look at whether the Subiaco-born all-rounder is the next start of Australian cricket.
Impressing on the International Stage
Throughout the history of Australia’s cricketing setup, they have long been able to develop and integrate a whole host of promising stars. Interestingly, Green appears to be the next breakthrough prospect with international potential. Domestically, the 21-year-old currently plays for both Western Australia and Perth Scorchers.
When at the crease, the 21-year-old recorded a modest score of 21 in 27 deliveries, before being caught by Kuldeep Yadav off a swinging ball from Ravindra Jadeja. By his own admission, the quality of bowlers at the elite level, particularly within the Indian setup, is something that Green will need time to become accustomed to. After getting out to Jadeja, the 21-year-old described his competitor as a “beautiful bowler”, as per Indian Express.
However, it was Green’s bowling that left more of an impression. Although he was unable to take a wicket, he registered an economy rate of 6.75 across his four overs. Moreover, it was the pace of his deliveries that asked questions of India’s star-studded attack. The six-foot-five bowler delivered a number of balls at, or above, 140km/h. It’s a testament to his ability that several of his deliveries beat India’s world-renowned captain, Virat Kohli.
Can He Live Up to the Hype?
In the third ODI with India, few can argue that Green didn’t show glimpses of his undeniable talent. At just 21 years of age, the all-rounder has a long career ahead of him, thus meaning that he has time to familiarize himself with top-level, experienced bowling attacks. From a batting standpoint at first-class level, Green’s record speaks for itself. Across 19 first-class matches, the 21-year-old has recorded an average of 49.83, with a high score of 197, as per his profile at ESPN Cricinfo. Moreover, he’s also hit four centuries within the classification type.
His domestic form has seen Greg Chappell, an icon of Australian cricket, heap immense praise on Green. The former batsman has described the 21-year-old as the “best batting talent” that he has seen since Ricky Ponting. Following such comparisons, many believe that Green could spearhead Australia’s pursuit of the Ashes in 2021/22. As of December 4th, the Baggy Greens are currently 8/15 at cricket betting to defend the Ashes against England.
There’s Plenty More to Come
After replacing Warner, Green took his chance with both hands during the third ODI against India. In the coming years, the all-rounder will likely feature regularly within the Australia setup, particularly if he can live up to comparisons to Ponting. One thing is for sure, his point-scoring batting and fast-paced bowling, all while standing at six-foot-five, make him the perfect modern-day cricketer.
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