Cameron Green’s burgeoning career has taken yet another step forward with the 21-year-old scoring his fourth first-class century on a day Tim Paine also hit triple figures.
The promising WA all-rounder played an innings of patience and composure against a Nathan Lyon-led NSW to reach day three stumps unbeaten on 185. WA is 7-436, trailing NSW by seven runs heading into the final day.
Meanwhile, Australia Test captain Paine silenced his critics by hitting an unbeaten 111 off 201 balls for Tasmania against South Australia.
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WA prodigy does it again
Green’s century is the latest in a run of impressive Sheffield Shield batting performances stretching over the past two seasons.
Already a known quantity with the ball before suffering back issues, Green last year put his name on the radar of national selectors for his batting alone.
He scored three centuries for WA on his way to 699 runs at 63.54, while he was considered for Australia selection during New Zealand’s visit last summer.
National selector Trevor Hohns said at the time that Green needed to return to bowling to earn his baggy green, however, his current trajectory suggests he could one day compete for a specialist batting position in the Australian Test team.
Green has showed no sign of slowing down this year with his unbeaten 185 on Wednesday coming after scores of 56 and 11* against South Australia.
His first-class average since the start of last season is now 79.25.
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Green played an innings of patience and composure against a Nathan Lyon-led NSW.Source: Getty Images
Former Test star and Cricket Australia high performance coach, Ryan Harris, has previously said Green reminds him of Andrew Flintoff given his talent with both bat and ball despite his height.
Australia legend Ricky Ponting then called for Green to be added to Australia’s Test squad for New Zealand’s visit in December.
“He’s very young and raw, but what he’s doing in Shield cricket suggests there’s a whole lot of talent there with both bat and ball,” Ponting said at the time.
“He’s someone we’ve got to keep an eye on for the next couple of years, and if we can fast-track him and get him into the set-up sooner rather than later, it wouldn’t be a bad thing.”
PAINE ANSWERS CRITICS
Paine also starred with the bat on Wednesday.Source: Getty Images
Ponting’s fellow Tasmanian Paine also starred with the bat on Wednesday as pressure mounted over his batting performances.
Former Australia captain Allan Border said last week that Paine’s spot in the Test team could come under threat if he doesn’t turn his form around after scores of four and ten against Queensland.
“Tim Paine has done a great job as captain after the ball tampering scandal, he’s been brilliant but he still has to perform and with Alex Carey in the wings, he’s putting a lot of pressure on him,” Border told Fox Sports News.
“That could be an interesting one but I’d like to see Tim Paine get some runs which he didn’t do in the first Shield game, just to add to the other good things he brings to the table.”
But Paine bought himself plenty of time on Wednesday as he punished the Redbacks attack to score just his third first-class century, and his first since October.
Paine declared when he was unbeaten on 111, Tasmania on 8-493 and his side 298 runs in front. Tassie finished the day still 205 runs ahead, with SA 2-93, needing a big final day innings from their own skipper to avoid a secvond straight defeat
The captain’s century overshadowed teammate Jake Doran who scores his second hundred as the Tigers took the Redbacks bowlers apart.
Amplying the SA struggles, never before, in 414 matches, had four batsmen made at least 76 in a Tasmanian Shield innings.
Stalwart South Australian seamer Chadd Sayers said the Rebacks had to “stick with” young leg-spinner Lloyd Pope who typified his team’s struggles and looked a long way off the bowler who started by taking five wickets against WA.
Bowling too many hittable half-trackers – Paine smashed him for a massive six – Pope finished with 2-203 looking way off the first-class pace.
“Leg-spin is a tough art to conquer and he’s only 20, you have to stick with him, there are not many good spinners around so when you get one like Lloyd you are going to put time in to him,” Sayers said.
“He’ll have off days, as a team you have to cop that.”
— With NCA Newswire