Cameron Green

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Today was the first time watching him where his form replicated how he looks in the Shield. The foot movement was less rigid from ball 1 and some of the shots he played where just *chef's kiss*

It's pretty hard to not go all in on the hype at the moment when the ceiling is a Smith/Warne/Ponting generation defining player

He had some luck here and there but his hands are quick and supple enough that when he's half-beaten the damage is minimal - I thought Joe Root bowled quite well at stages tonight but Green was able to narrow his focus and neutralize the stump-to-stump attack in greasy conditions with sheer hand-eye co-ordination.

Might yet do some damage with the ball himself on this wicket, just needs to bowl within himself a bit if anything.
 

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Today was the first time watching him where his form replicated how he looks in the Shield. The foot movement was less rigid from ball 1 and some of the shots he played where just *chef's kiss*

It's pretty hard to not go all in on the hype at the moment when the ceiling is a Smith/Warne/Ponting generation defining player

some of the drives he played today. Wow. Reminded me of Hussey some of those drives through the covers.
And he is only 22! Even if he didn’t bowl we’d be creaming ourselves over this bloke.

I can’t remember a bloke with a ceiling like him in all the time I’ve been watching cricket.
 

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From an espncricinfo article about day 1 of the 5th Ashes test...

[Labuschagne's dismissal] brought Green to the crease at 83 for 4 in the 23rd over. It was just the fourth time in Test cricket he had entered with the team total under 100. He has scores of 74, 74 and 45 in three of those innings - with the fourth having come on his debut in Test cricket - and has shared in two century stands and a half-century stand in them.

He could be one of the world's leading all-rounders and a dependable middle order batsman in the fullness of time. Here's hoping...
 

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From an espncricinfo article about day 1 of the 5th Ashes test...



He could be one of the world's leading all-rounders and a dependable middle order batsman in the fullness of time. Here's hoping...

If he reaches his potential he’ll be the most valuable cricketer in the world.
 

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Bowled alright v India imo

He was unlucky not to jag a few, but I've mentioned before that the way Paine used him - bowling short and/or down legside to odd fields on a flat SCG pitch being the worst example, with no obvious intent to do anything except fill in a few overs - was just bizarre at times. Cummins has used him infinitely more effectively, even accounting for his improved fitness.

I'm heartened that he's grown in confidence as the series has progressed. His bowling was consistently pretty good - he was sharp, swung the ball consistently and used the short ball effectively, if a little too eagerly at times.

His batting though initially betrayed an insecure individual who was trying to work out his technique on the run and was letting the match situation get to him a tad, in that he was trying to grind out runs when we were setting a first innings total. The problem is, he's naturally a free-flowing boundary hitter. Grinding out runs doesn't suit him because he doesn't rotate the strike particularly well, so he'd just hang around for a bit and then get out. In the second innings he'd invariably score more because in his mind, much of the pressure was off so he could play more freely.

Hobart was extremely refreshing in that he brought that approach to his knock in the first innings, which given the conditions was excellent (and made Root lose his marbles even more). I would like to think that's a sign that he's becoming more secure about his position in the side and playing more naturally as a result, rather than just being another example of him playing better under less perceived pressure (i.e. a dead rubber specialist).

I declined to comment on Green directly for the longest time because I was still trying to figure out what his ceiling actually was. I'm still not sure, truth be told, but I can very easily see him averaging 35-40 with the bat and below 30 with the ball if all goes well. That could well be a conservative estimate RE his batting figures, because his Hobart innings showed me that when he's actually playing naturally, he's arguably technically sounder than Ben Stokes (who averages above 35+) - Stokes is suspect against spin at times whereas Green doesn't seem all that troubled by it on the whole (that dismissal to Leach notwithstanding).

RE his bowling, he is definitely more economical and consistent than Stokes. Like Stokes, he can move the ball, but his use of the short ball is more effective when he's actually given proper direction because of his height, and when he's not getting carried away he is actually pretty good at building pressure, which Stokes can't really do.
 

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His bowling was always going to come good. He had barely any bowling fitness last year and Paine idiotically decided to use him to bang in leg side short balls with the old pill.

He has shown this summer why he made his debut for WA at 17 or 18 as a tearaway young quick batting at number 9.

As far as bowling prospects his age in this country go, he’s right up the top of the tree. He’s still not fully cherry ripe with his remodelled action and he’s hitting 140 clicks from a height and extracting swing with the old ball and new.

I’m not exaggerating when I say I genuinely reckon he has the capability to be a very very successful strike bowler for Australia.

Yes, it was his batting that he was initially mostly selected for, but I really think of the two his bowling is the stronger suit. I really do see him as having the ability to be a pre back injury Beefy Botham type player. Averaging 40 odd batting at 6 playing devastating free flowing mercurial innings, while being a strike bowler averaging under 23 with the pill. Opens up many many possibilities. Such as 2 spinners if needed in tandem with 3 world class quicks (Green being one of them) or even simply playing an extra bat on a super flat deck. Ie Green 6, Extra batsman 7, Keeper at 8. Exciting times.

Australian cricket has never had these options in the modern era.
 

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