Cameron Green’s message to national selectors was clear on Monday – that in itself was obvious.
But one Australian cricket legend said he also unintentionally provided India with the blueprint to unleash their batting power.
Green was No. 5 in the batting order but quickly overshadowed what was supposed to be the more enthralling showdown between Test hopefuls Joe Burns and Will Pucovski.
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Green gives 114 good reasons
The 21-year old smacked 114 runs off 145 balls and while he was able to post a hefty individual total, Fox Cricket’s Brendon Julian said his patience was telling of the young gun’s mature reading of the game.
“He hasn’t pushed hard at the ball when the bowling’s been really good, he’s been quite patient,” Julian said.
“Yes he’s had good shot selection, but he’s been really patient and played the ball late with soft hands. That says to me he sums up the conditions quite well.”
That ability to read a game was also lauded by Michael Clarke but he also pointed out Green’s smarts when playing spin as well as his selective risk-taking as key.
He did not just say it was key to Australia’s success though.
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Rather, Clarke also said that India can learn a lot from Green’s blueprint.
“What Cameron Green did, and this is where I’m talking about India’s approach, he took it to the Indian bowlers because he knew on a pitch like that and from a young man’s perspective, this is where you can see someone read the game really well,” he said on Sky Sports’ The Big Sports Breakfast.
“He thought: ‘If I just sit there and block, I’m going to get one with my name on it. It might hit the outside edge, it might hit that grass and seam back and get me lbw. So he took a risk.
“He was like: ‘You know what if I get a bad ball, I’m going to take it on. I’m going to play that shot and get a boundary. That put pressure on the Indian bowlers. You watch him play the spinners. They had five fielders on the fence at one stage and he like ‘uh uh’ if this guy tosses it up I’m going to hit it out of the park.”
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India’s batting depth was a cause of concern in the ODI series with the side at times forced to go hard early.
That strategy backfired at times and Clarke said that India could do with more of Green’s game awareness as a whole.
“It was that approach and attitude,” he said.
“That’s where I think India need to watch that innings and go right this is how we have to play against Australia. If we get a bad ball off Starc, Cummins, Hazlewood or Lyon we have to take them down otherwise we are going to get one with our name on it.”