In a serious blow to Australia, Steve Smith on Tuesday all however confirmed that quick bowling all-rounder Cameron Green is ‘unlikely’ to participate within the first Test in opposition to India on Thursday.
“I don’t think he is (going to play). I don’t think he’s even faced fast bowlers yet. So I dare say he won’t be playing but who knows. I’m not entirely sure. We’ll wait and see. But it’s unlikely, I think,” he mentioned at a pre-match press convention.
Green broken his proper index finger through the Boxing Day take a look at win over South Africa in Melbourne and was solely given clearance to return to coaching by his physician on Monday following surgical procedure.
Talking concerning the prospect of partnering Nathan Lyon and different spinners like Ashton Agar, Todd Murphy and Mitchell Swepson, Smith mentioned: “Possibly. If Greeny was fit, it would be definitely more of an option. Without him I’m not entirely sure. We’ve got a strategy meeting where we’ll talk about what we think. Ultimately it’s down to the selectors to pick the team they think is best for the surface.”
Earlier on Tuesday, former Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist had rooted for Green’s place in Australia’s taking part in XI for the primary Test. Gilchrist mentioned that Green ought to play in opposition to India – regardless of the all-rounder being unable to bowl.
Backing Green for the no.6 place, Gilchrist mentioned Green remains to be deserving of his spot.”I believe they’ll begin with Green at six, assuming he’s absolutely match and never hindered by that finger harm in any respect,” Gilchrist mentioned on SEN’s podcast.