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Cameron Green won’t likely participate in India’s first Test match.

Cameron Green won't likely participate in India's first Test match.

Renshaw or Handscomb, a specialist batsman, is anticipated to replace him because Australia only fielded four specialist bowlers.
The fractured finger Cameron Green sustained during the Boxing Day Test needs more time to heal, therefore it is highly doubtful that he will participate in the first Test against India, which begins on Thursday and will be played in Nagpur.

During Australia’s first practise at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur, Green did not bat. He conducted some light center-wicket bowling and conditioning work, but Australia has chosen to be conservative with his recovery given that he only underwent surgery to place pins in his finger five weeks ago.

Before leaving for Nagpur, he injured his finger while batting during the training camp in Bengaluru. While no harm was done, it was enough to make the team management wary.
Given that Green hasn’t practised against fast bowling, Australia vice-captain Steven Smith believed Green was unlikely to participate. Smith remarked, “I don’t think he’s [going to play].” “He hasn’t likely even faced fast bowlers yet, if that. Because of this, I dare say he won’t play, but who knows. I’m not completely certain. We’ll observe and wait.

But I believe it’s unlikely.

This would entail selecting just four bowlers for the first Test and a specialist hitter for position No. 6 for Australia.

In the Sydney Test match against South Africa, Matt Renshaw replaced Green at No. 6, but Australia’s selectors are also contemplating Peter Handscomb because of the top six’s balance of left- and right-handed batsmen. Australia would have five left-handers in the top seven if Renshaw were to participate.

Peter Handscomb or Matt Renshaw?

However, Renshaw has also practised some close-in fielding, at silly mid-off, in the lead-up to the Test. Handscomb has also engaged in a significant amount of short-leg training in Bengaluru and Nagpur. Both men are skilled close catchers, although Handscomb has more background in those positions.

Josh Hazlewood will almost certainly be replaced by Scott Boland. The only other fast available, Lance Morris, only bowled some center-wicket bowling in Nagpur with Green.

Two days before the start of the Test, Australia appears ready to bat with two spinners and two quicks because to the surface’s high dryness.

Smith remarked, “It’s fairly dry.” “Particularly the left-arm spinner spinning it back into our left-handers, especially one end that I think will take a little bit of spin. There is a particularly dry region there. Other than that, it’s hard for me to properly measure it.

“The wicket won’t have a lot of bounce, in my opinion. As the game progresses, I believe the seamers will experience some up-and-down movement and quite a bit of skidding. The fractures seemed very flimsy. When we are there, we’ll wait and see.”
However, no choice has been made on the second spinner. Ashton Agar might be chosen over Todd Murphy if the pitch appears to be a roaring turner in order to provide Australia a left-arm orthodox option. However, Murphy still had a chance to make his Test debut because Australia was still debating whether to start Nathan Lyon and another specialist offspinner.

Australia may have thought about using three spinners if it appeared that the surface would spin strongly after ball one, but that possibility was eliminated because Green was scheduled to be unavailable.

Smith opined, “I believe it would absolutely be more of a possibility if Green was fit. “Maybe without him. I’m not completely certain. The selectors will ultimately choose the team they believe is ideal for the surface, but I believe we’ll discuss our ideas at a strategy meeting this afternoon.”


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