Cameron Green has been tipped for a spot in the Australian Test squad in the near future by none other than Ricky Ponting. This is the story of his career so far.
With two rounds of Sheffield Shield fixtures to go, Western Australia’s 20-year-old all-rounder Cameron Green is the competition’s third-leading runscorer. A capable seam bowler too Green could be someone Australia turn to soon to fulfil the role of both a top six batsman and fifth bowling option.
What’s his story?
Green made his first-class debut for Western Australia at the age of just 17, impressing more with the ball than with the bat taking 5-24 on debut against Tasmania. It wasn’t until the 2019-20 campaign that he displayed his full potential as a batsman. His breakthrough performance as a batsman came against Queensland in November 2019 when he scored 87* and a sensational match-saving 121* – both from number eight. At the time of writing, Green averages 46.82 with the bat and 21.53 with the ball in first-class cricket.
Any struggles for Cameron Green?
Green’s early outings in white-ball cricket haven’t been as successful as his first experiences of first-class cricket. A regular for the Perth Scorchers in the most recent edition of the Big Bash League, Green is yet to pass 40 or take a wicket in T20 cricket.
Green has been unable to bowl since mid-November due to a stress fracture of the back. He is keen to establish himself as a genuine all-rounder and will be hoping to stay injury-free to ensure he has the opportunity to further develop his bowling.
In December, Ricky Ponting advocated for Green’s selection in the Australia Test squad. “Cameron Green is probably the in-form batsman in the country,” Ponting told cricket.com.au. “He’s not doing much wrong, he’s an exciting talent, and maybe to just include him and have him around the squad and give him a taste of what it’s like might not be a bad thing. He’s someone we’ve got to keep an eye on for the next couple of years and if we can fast track him it wouldn’t be a bad thing.
Australia have long sought to field an all-rounder who offers a fifth bowling option without weakening their batting and Green, if continues on his current trajectory, may soon be that player for them.