India vs Australia 1st Test – Justin Langer on Cameron Green: Coach of Australian team Justin Langer has confirmed that allrounder Cameron Green will make his Test debut in the opening match at Adelaide Oval starting Thursday provided he overcomes the mild concussion he suffered last week.
Australia men’s team coach Justin Langer today confirmed the 21-year-old, who has been in stunning form with the bat so far this summer, will earn his Baggy Green Cap if given the all-clear by team medical staff in the coming days.
“If he’s passed fit he’ll definitely play,” Langer said in a media conference today.
“We’re just going through the concussion protocols.
“We all saw, it was a very unusual incident that happened with him.
“If Cameron gets through the protocols and he gets through training and he feels good, I’ve seen him last night, he had a big smile on his face, he had another test this morning that we got good news.
“He’s a terrific young bloke, he’s obviously an excellent talent, he’s earned the right for selection through his performances through Sheffield Shield cricket.
“If he’s fit and available then he’ll make his Test debut, which is very, very exciting for Australian cricket, for him and his family.”, Langer declared.
Who is Cameron Green, what is he suffering from?
Green was diagnosed with a mild concussion last Friday after being struck in the head while bowling, a savage blow from India’s fast bowling spearhead Jasprit Bumrah.
Green’s performance this year: Green is currently restricted to bowling spells of up to four overs, a couple of times per day as he continues his rehabilitation from stress fractures in his back that saw him unable to bowl for most of the past year.
However, his batting form has been elite as he posted a career-high 197 in the opening rounds of the Marsh Sheffield Shield in Adelaide earlier this summer, and an unbeaten century against the Indians in a three-day tour match at Drummoyne Oval last week.
Green will train with the Australia squad at Adelaide Oval later today and tomorrow, and if he passes the required tests to show he has made a full recovery he will take his place for the day-night match on Thursday afternoon.