Batting allrounder Cameron Green has earned his maiden international call-up for Australia in the 18-man squad announced Thursday for the upcoming limited-overs games against India. Moises Henriques has been recalled to the national side whereas injured allrounder Mitchell Marsh has been left out on advice from the medical staff.
Nathan Lyon, Josh Philippe, Riley Meredith and Andrew Tye also didn’t find a place in the squad.
Australia’s white-ball squad: Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (vc), Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa
“The entire squad performed exceptionally well in the UK in beating the current one-day World Champions at home and retaining the World No.1 ranking in T20 International cricket. We look forward to a blockbuster summer against one of our greatest rivals,” said national selector Trevor Hohns.
Green, 21, has played only nine one-day games for Western Australia and 13 T20s for Perth Scorchers, but has made waves in the domestic circuit with his impressive first-class outings. He has already hit a 197 in the ongoing Sheffield Shield season to add to his 158* earlier in the year. With the ball, Green averages 21 in first-class cricket and even picked a five-wicket haul on debut as a 17-year-old. He’s set to resume bowling in the Sheffield Shield this week after back injuries kept him from it for good part of a year.
“Cameron’s domestic form has been outstanding and he has carried it through for Western Australia this summer,” national selector Trevor Hohns said. “As a potential player of the future this is an opportunity for him to be part of the squad and build on his experience.”
Former Australia captain, Greg Chappell, too seemed mighty impressed with what Green has to offer. “This kid can play – he’s a serious talent. I think he’s the best batting talent I’ve seen since Ricky Ponting,” Chappell told SEN. “He’s got something special in that he’s 6ft 7in tall, we haven’t seen anyone of that size dominate from a batting point of view. And the kid can bowl, so it’s a real challenge.”
“Post Smith he’s batting three or four, and bowling 10 or 12 overs an innings max. He can win us the next Ashes if he gets a little experience between now and then. It’s exciting and we all get excited about this kind of talent. You don’t see this stuff very often.”
New South Wales all-rounder Moises Henriques, who last played for Australia in 2017, also returns to the fold in the absence of Mitchell Marsh. He captained the Sydney Sixers to Big Bash League title last summer and had a season strike rate of around 150.
“Moises is a tremendous cricketer with loads of experience and is a great person to have around the group. His form was extremely impressive in leading the Sixers to the BBL title last summer and he has played well at the start of this season,” Hohns said.
Mitchell Marsh, who suffered an ankle injury in the Indian Premier League will now have a chance to impress for Australia A in the warm-up games against India in the lead up to the Test series.
“Mitch will commence some low intensity fitness and skills in the coming weeks and selectors are hopeful of his return to play in the Australia A fixtures in early December and then for him to be fully fit to perform his role in the side as an all-rounder,” Hohns said. “What we do have is like for like replacements in Moises and Cameron as batting all-rounders in line with our selection approach for one-day cricket.”
Australia play the first of the three ODIs against India on November 27. The three-match T20I series starts December 4.