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Australia Pic: Getty

Australia’s Top Cricketers Might Pull Out Of Upcoming West Indies, Bangladesh Tours

Australia has a packed calendar ahead of the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in 2021. The Men in Yellow are set to tour West Indies and Bangladesh for the limited-over matches. With two away tours coming up and considering the bio-bubble environment and quarantine rules, many of the top players might pull out of the tour.

Apparently, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, David Warner, Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Kane Richardson, and Riley Meredith are the ones who are likely to miss the series. While there is no conclusive news as to why the above players might pull out, but mental health is one of the primary reasons apart from the physical issues.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith Photograph: David Gray/AFP/Getty Images

Australian Top Order Players Like Steve Smith And David Warner Among Others May Opt Out Of Forthcoming West Indies And Bangladesh Tours

After the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) got suspended on May 4, the Australian bound players faced a lot of difficulties as they had to take a halt in the Maldives before jetting off to Australia due to the ban of direct flights from India.

David Warner
David Warner. (Photo by Philip Brown/Popperfoto/Popperfoto via Getty Images)

Three weeks ago, Cricket Australia (CA) had released a list of 23 players (to be whittled down nearer to the dates of departure) that will tour the West Indies and Bangladesh.  According to the latest development, CA has added six more players to the preliminary Australia squad for the West Indies series and Bangladesh tour, thus taking the number of players to 29.

However, missing in action at the top will be Marnus Labuschagne, who is currently playing for Glamorgan County at the ongoing English County Championships. Logistical issues are said to be the reason by CA for excluding him. A report in ”Nine Media” said Pat Cummins, David Warner, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Kane Richardson, and Jhye Richardson could pull out of the tour.

Australia’s Dan Christian And Cameron Green Among 6 Players Added As Backup Options For The 8 Players Who Are Likely To Opt-out

It certainly took a toll on players who missed their loved ones a lot during these tough times. According to a report in The Sydney Morning Herald, Cricket Australia (CA) selection chief Trevor Hohns recently spoke to all the 23 players in the preliminary squad announced for the West Indies tour about the bio-bubble fatigue and mental wellbeing.

“During the course of those discussions, it has become clear that recent experiences abroad, including but not limited to extended periods in bio-secure hubs and hard quarantine, have had an impact on the health and wellbeing of some players and their families.

“CA has maintained that the wellbeing of players, staff, and officials is a top priority, and never more so than during the COVID-19 pandemic given the extraordinary challenges it has placed upon international athletes and sporting teams,” Trevor Hohns said.

Australia's Cameron Green Image Source : GETTY IMAGES
Australia’s Cameron Green Image Source: GETTY IMAGES

Now Australia has added six new players to the preliminary squad with Dan Christian, Cameron Green, Ashton Turner, Wes Agar, Nathan Ellis, and Ben McDermott – as the backup options for the eight players who are likely to opt-out. Australia will play five T20Is and three ODIs against West Indies starting from July 10 and then they travel to Bangladesh to play five more T20I games in August.

Australia preliminary squad: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Wes Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Dan Christian, Pat Cummins, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Tanveer Sangha, D’Arcy Short, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.

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Australia No Longer The Best At Identifying Talent: Greg Chappell

Greg Chappell, former Australian skipper believes Australia is no longer the best at identifying talent and that the country has lost the bragging right of calling itself the best at it.

While Greg Chappell had a controversial run as the head coach of Team India, the former Australian captain had earlier praised the visitors after their stunning and historic 2-1 Test series win versus Australia to retain the recently-concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

File image of Greg Chappell. (Getty Images)
File image of Greg Chappell. (Getty Images)

Greg Chappell: Australia Have Lost Position As The Best At Identifying Talent As England And India Are Doing Better Than Australia

Greg Chappell opined other countries like England and India have taken over.

“I think we’ve already lost our position as the best at identifying talent and bringing it through. I think England is doing it better than us now and India is doing it better than us,” Greg Chappell told

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source: AP IMAGE

During the 2020/21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, India fought back after losing the first Test to win the series 2-1, almost with second and third-string teams. The side was plagued with injuries to its key players in each department and was also without regular talismanic skipper Virat Kohli after the first Test.

Being 1-0 down, losing the services of regular skipper Virat Kohli due to his paternity leave, having lost several key players like Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, and Ravindra Jadeja due to injuries, a second-string Ajinkya Rahane-led India staged a comeback for the ages as they won their second straight Test series on Australian soil.

Greg Chappell: Indian Second String Players Have Played For India A Throughout The World Whereas Australia Had Picked Cricketers From Domestic Tournaments

Greg Chappell admitted the remarkable Test series victory bore testament to India’s highly effective player development system. On that tour, every youngster put their hand up and put his best foot forward.

“When you look at the Indian team that played in the Brisbane Test that had three or four fresh players, and everyone said, ‘This is India’s second XI’ – those guys had played (extensively) for India A,” said Chappell.

“And in all sorts of different conditions, not just in India. So when they get picked, they’re not tyros at all, they’re quite hardened international cricketers.”

Cameron Green
Cameron Green of Australia (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Australian debutants Will Pucovski and Cameron Green had limited experience playing outside their home country.

“We picked Will Pucovski out of Shield cricket. Will has hardly had a game outside Australia. That’s the difference,” Chappell pointed out.

India’s next Test assignment is the tour to England. They will first play the World Test Championship final against New Zealand followed by a five-match Test series against the hosts England.

After a tough home loss to India, the Australian men’s side were due to head to South Africa for three Tests, however, that series was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The limited-overs tour of New Zealand for five T20s still took place, with the Black Caps prevailing 3-2.

Australia is set to make a belated trip to Bangladesh later this year for their first tour since 2017. Not for the Tests originally scheduled as part of the World Test Championship, but instead for T20Is intended as warm-ups for the T20 World Cup meant to be hosted by India soon afterwards. Bangladesh is also to host England for white-ball games ahead of the T20 World Cup, meaning a triangular series may be arranged.

Australia Pic: Getty
Australia Pic: Getty

Cricket Australia Hands Contract To Cameron Green Among 17 Cricketers

Cricket Australia hasn’t handed contracts to Travis Head and Matthew Wade while allrounder Cameron Green has earned his first deal and youngster Will Pucovski has not been included.

Joe Burns, who lost his place during the Test series against India, and injury-prone Mitchell Marsh have also been omitted from last year’s original list with just 17 deals handed out by Cricket Australia for the 2021-22 season.

Cameron Green
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 15: Cameron Green of Australia poses before an Australian Nets Session at Adelaide Oval on December 15, 2020, in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Cricket Australia Want To Create An Environment Where Players Strive For National Selection Through Consistent International Performances

Cameron Green is the only new name in Cricket Australia’s contract list pruned to 17 instead of the maximum 20. However, players who make enough appearances during the period are elevated as Marcus Stoinis was last season but he too doesn’t make this selection.

The contracts include just three specialist Test batsmen in veteran David Warner, Steven Smith, and Marnus Labuschagne with Cricket Australia’s national selector Trevor Hohns saying he wants competition from outside those contracted.

“There are two main reasons behind the size of the contract list,” he said. “Firstly, we have seen format specialisation become increasingly prevalent in recent seasons which, accordingly, has resulted in a broader group of players representing Australia, often beyond the initial list of contracted players at the start of each year. Secondly, we want to create an environment where players strive for national selection through consistent domestic performances and earn national contracts through consistent international performances.”

Cricket Australia Haven't Handed Contract To Matthew Wade
Cricket Australia Haven’t Handed Contract To Matthew Wade (PA AAP)

The axing of Matthew Wade suggests he will struggle to resume his Test career as he was also dropped from the squad for the postponed tour of South Africa in February. However, he may still feature in the T20 World Cup as he featured on the recent limited-overs tour of New Zealand and captained Australia, as a stand-in for Aaron Finch, against India in December.

Travis Head was dropped after two Tests against India when the selectors opted to stick with Matthew Wade amid a batting reshuffle when Will Pucovski and David Warner both returned from injury at the SCG.

However, he was part of the squad for the then scheduled South Africa tour and had a prolific Sheffield Shield season, having finished as the second-leading run-scorer behind Cameron Green and is likely to be a strong candidate for a middle-order spot in the Ashes.

“There is a considerable amount of international cricket to be played across all formats in the next 12 months and the door to national selection is never closed to players outside this list,” Cricket Australia national selector Trevor Hohns said.

Both Cameron Green and Will Pucovski made their debuts last summer, but it’s only the all-rounder who makes the list. Cameron Green played all four Tests against India while Will Pucovski, who earlier in the season hit back-to-back double centuries in the Sheffield Shield before suffering another concussion, made his debut in Sydney where he scored a half-century but was then sidelined by a shoulder injury.

Will Pucovski is expected to recover in time for the start of next season and is the favorite to open the batting alongside David Warner in the Test side for the Ashes and the one-off match against Afghanistan penciled in beforehand.

Cameron Green had a magnificent season with the bat for Western Australia where he was the leading Sheffield Shield run-scorer with 922 at 76.83. In four Tests, he made 236 runs including a maiden half-century at the SCG. However, he went wicketless in the series – and only collected three in the Shield – as he worked his back from a stress fracture.

“Cameron is a player we believe will play an important role for Australian cricket after his impressive breakout summer,” Hohns said. “His 84 in the second innings against India at the SCG demonstrated excellent technique and resolve and we are confident his bowling will be impactful at the international level. His domestic form was also outstanding, and we expect he will only get better with more international exposure.”

While much of Australia’s schedule over the next 12 months remains to be confirmed, they are due to return to action in July with ODIs and T20Is in West Indies before potentially heading straight to Bangladesh for a T20I series.

Cricket Australia will send its team to be in Sri Lanka ahead of the T20 World Cup – currently scheduled for India in October – before returning home for a season that is expected to include a one-off Test against Afghanistan ahead of the Ashes that will run from early December to mid-January.

Australia. Image Credits: Twitter

According to the FTP, South Africa is due to tour early next year for white-ball matches before Australia has a full tour scheduled against Pakistan from late February. Australia has not played an overseas Test since the 2019 Ashes with tours of Bangladesh and South Africa postponed due to Covid-19.

Cricket Australia Contracts list: Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine, James Pattinson, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Adam Zampa

Usman Khawaja of Australia celebrates scoring his century during game five of the One Day International series between India and Australia at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground on March 13, 2019 in Delhi, India. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
Usman Khawaja of Australia celebrates scoring his century during game five of the One Day International series between India and Australia at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground on March 13, 2019 in Delhi, India. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

No Reason Why Steve Smith Shouldn’t Be In Line For Captaincy: Usman Khawaja

Usman Khawaja has called for former Australian skipper Steve Smith to again captain Australia once Tim Paine’s tenure ends. Tim Paine took over as Australia captain from Steve Smith in 2018 after the duo of Steve Smith and David Warner were banned for ball tempering offence for a year from international cricket.

The Queensland skipper said if Steve Smith who was stripped of the Test captaincy after the South African sandpaper scandal again wanted the job, it should go to him, despite some calls among ex-players and fans for vice-captain Pat Cummins or batting sensation Marnus Labuschagne to succeed Tim Paine.

Usman Khawaja
Usman Khawaja. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Usman Khawaja: Steve Smith Should Captain Australia If He Wants To Do So

Steve Smith might replace Tim Paine as the skipper if there is no other option available for Australia in the aftermath of their humiliating defeat against India in the recently-concluded Border-Gavaskar 4 Test series earlier this week by a margin of 2-1.  Tim Paine has led Australia in 23 Tests since succeeding Steve Smith in 2018, winning 11 and losing 8 games with 4 draws. Steve Smith had won 18, lost 10 and drawn 6 Tests when he led Australia from 2014 to 2018.

“If Steve Smith wants to captain Australia, I think he should captain Australia,” Khawaja said.

“He’s our number one batsman, he’s done it before, he’s paid for his mistakes, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be in line for the captaincy if wants to do it.”

Usman Khawaja said there had been no discussions among the Queensland hierarchy about batsman Marnus Labuschagne taking over the Queensland Bulls captaincy to prepare him for the possibility of him leading Australia in the future. He added that Marnus Labuschagne had not approached him for any captaincy or leadership tips.

Steve Smith celebrates reaching his century in Australia’s comfortable win over India in the first ODI at the SCG. Photograph: David Gray/AFP/Getty Images
Steve Smith celebrates reaching his century in Australia’s comfortable win over India in the first ODI at the SCG. Photograph: David Gray/AFP/Getty Images

The pair will be key to the Queensland Bulls’ hopes of winning their Sheffield Shield clash against Western Australia starting on Saturday at the Gabba.

Usman Khawaja Felt Nice To Get Support From Ex Skipper Michael Clarke Who Called For The Left Hander’s Recall

Usman Khawaja brings great form into the match after scoring an unbeaten 115 in Queensland’s three-wicket win over Tasmania at Blundstone Arena last month. It’s his form that has led to former Test captain Michael Clarke calling for the 34-year-old left-hander to be recalled to the Australian team. Usman Khawaja, who has scored 2877 runs in 44 Tests at an average of 40.66, has not played for Australia since August 2019.

“It’s always nice to get support from an ex-Test captain. He’s a gun player himself, but I don’t read too much into it,” Khawaja said.

“I feel good. All season actually I’ve felt really good. Sometimes that always doesn’t translate to runs. You can’t get too relaxed on yourself and think that things are going to work out. There’s still a lot of hard work to be done. When things are going well, you just try to keep doing the same thing for as long as you can, because there are plenty of time when things don’t go well, no matter who you are. Hopefully I can keep getting runs for Queensland and we can win more games.”

The Queensland Bulls currently top the Sheffield Shield ladder but are wary of a West Australian side containing Test all-rounder Cameron Green.

“WA play quite well here too most times. They have a similar wicket at home, they have a bouncy track, and I think out of all the teams, they handle these (Gabba) conditions as well as anyone,” Usman Khawaja said.

Cameron Green
Cameron Green. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

“(Green) batted beautifully last year in the second innings here … he’s going to be a big one.”

Usman Khawaja scored an unbeaten 115 against Tasmania in his last first-class game and followed it up with 93 against the same opposition in List A-game. Cameron Green recently scored unbeaten 168 against South Australia in his last First-Class game and then 144 against the same opposition in List A.

Cameron Green scored his first one-day hundred from 82 balls, powering the latter part of Western Australia’s innings with some fierce strokeplay, but Travis Head responded in kind with a brilliant 68-ball century as West Australia won by 13 runs in a 725 run affair. Shaun Marsh and Harry Nielsen too struck tons.

Matthew Wade
Matthew Wade (PA AAP)

Matthew Wade Opens Up On The Test Axe After Loss To India

Matthew Wade has said that he expected to be dropped from the Australian Test team after the 2-1 Test series loss to India. He was not picked for the South Africa tour, which was finally cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns in the Rainbow Nation.

Although he had never played as an opener in red-ball cricket, Matthew Wade was played as an opener in the first two Tests against India. The 33-year-old explained that he regrets not converting one of his starts into a big score.


Matthew Wade Regrets Not To Turn One Of His Starts To Big Score As He Batted Really Well Atop The Batting Order

Matthew Wade played 36 Tests since debuting in April 2012 against West Indies. He managed 173 runs averaging 21.63 in the 4 Tests against India. As an opener, he managed 111 runs averaging 27.75 against India.

“I have been around long enough, as I said to Trevor (National selector), to know that if you don’t perform at my age at a high level, then your spot is going to be up. And if your team is not winning, there is more chance of something like that happening. The only regret I have is that I didn’t turn one of my starts into a big score. I batted really well at the top of the order,” Matthew Wade said.

Cameron Green says being both a batsman and a bowler is a blessing in disguise.(AAP: Jono Searle)
Cameron Green says being both a batsman and a bowler is a blessing in disguise.(AAP: Jono Searle)

Following Cameron Green’s emergence, Matthew Wade admits it would be difficult for him to get back into the Australian Test team.

“The facts are, [Cameron] Green is going to play for a long period of time, he is an all-rounder, and everyone wanted him to get into the position he is in now. Travis Head is a good, young player as well, and then there was myself in the middle order all kind of jostling for spots,” added Wade.

In four Test matches against India in the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Matthew Wade amassed 173 runs at an average of 21.63. The left-handed batsman has failed to score a half-century in his last 14 Test innings.

It has been a career of reinvention for Matthew Wade as he went from a Test wicketkeeper to specialist middle-order batsman and subsequently opener after a prolific run in domestic cricket when it appeared his international days were over. He eventually earned a spot for the 2019 Ashes series during which he scored two centuries and has since also returned to the ODI and T20 set-ups.

Matthew Wade Insisists To Do Well For Australia To Get Back Into Test Fold

Matthew Wade was dropped from the Australian Test team for the aborted Test series against South Africa. However, he remains in the Australian squad for the upcoming five-match T20I series against New Zealand. Matthew Wade insisted that in order to return to the Test fold, he needs to perform well for Tasmania.

Australia Won Ashes trophy 2017-18 (Image Tweeted By @CricketAus)
Australia Won Ashes trophy 2017-18 (Image Tweeted By @CricketAus)

“In terms of my path back into the Test team, that will take care of itself if I perform and, if an opportunity comes up, they [selectors] know I can play at that level. I will go back and contribute to, hopefully, wins for Tasmania … if I do that, and manage to score the runs on the way to those wins for Tassie, then maybe I get another opportunity,” Wade said.

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir. Image Credit: Getty Images.

India Must Capitalize On Australia’s Batting Deficiency: Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir wants the visitors to capitalize on Australia’s vulnerabilities especially in the batting department and seal the series as the Australians are suffering from batting deficiencies but will be bolstered by opener David Warner’s return.

Australian players’ struggle with the bat has been quite evident in the ongoing Test series against India as they failed to score beyond 200 in each of the 3 completed innings.

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Gautam Gambhir: Australian Batting Line-up Is Weakest Compared To England, India And New Zealand

Gautam Gambhir even went on to say that it is the “weakest batting line-up” for Australia as he compared it with England, New Zealand, and Indian batsmen. The highest Australia has gone so far after the completion of two Tests against India is 200.

“We have a chance against Australia. If you look at the top four batting line-up of the world, I think it’s the weakest batting line-up. England is better than Australia, New Zealand is better than Australia and India is much better than Australia,” Gambhir told ANI.

“I haven’t seen this kind of Australian batting line-up in my life. So, vulnerability is there. They haven’t played India’s main attack. If Shami, Ishant, and Umesh Yadav were fit then there would have been no reply from the Australians. So, there is a big possibility and chance that we can win this series,” he added.

Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami.
Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami. BCCI Twitter

Both Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are not available since they have ruled out for injury-related issues while Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav suffered injuries in 1st and 2nd Test. Despite their unavailability, India have a potent pace bowling attack with likes of Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur and T Natarajan in their ranks.

Navdeep Saini who generates pace and bounce have been preferred and will debut in Sydney Test joining pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj. The latter debuted in Melbourne Test and was successful picking 5 scalps.

Gautam Gambhir: Big Opportunity For India As Australia Are Under Pressure

Australia are under pressure with Steve Smith who scored successive centuries in first 2 ODIs, have failed pathetically notching up only 10 runs in 4 innings. Marnus Labuschagne and Matthew Wade have scored more than 100 runs in 2 Tests while likes of Travis Head, Cameron Green and Joe Burns failed with bat.

Elaborating further on India’s chances of winning the series, Gambhir said: “It’s a big opportunity and chance for the Indian team to beat Australia in Australia again because I don’t think this kind of vulnerability was ever seen in the hosts’ batting line-up. They are under pressure.”

Travis Head
Travis Head. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Currently, the four-match Test series between India and Australia stands level at 1-1 and both teams will be aiming to take the lead with a win in the third Test, set to commence on Thursday, 7th January.

Tim Paine. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Tim Paine Frustrated With DRS During 2nd Test Defeat In MCG

Tim Paine, Australian skipper was left frustrated with the Decision Review System (DRS) during their second Test loss to India in Melbourne, saying his controversial dismissal was wrong and might have cost his team the match.

Tim Paine was ruled caught behind after scoring 1 off Ravindra Jadeja after the on-field call by Paul Reiffel was overturned by third umpire Paul Wilson. Tim Paine, who was the beneficiary of a borderline run-out call in the first innings, was clearly unhappy with the decision while leaving the field.

Tim Paine
Tim Paine Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Tim Paine Dismissed Judged By 3rd Umpire Paul Wilson By Snicko Evidence

The third umpire Paul Wilson judged that the Australian wicket-keeper had edged the ball on faint evidence provided by the “Snicko” technology.

The decision was made based purely on a snicko-meter spike after no mark was found on Hot Spot – which is probably the correct protocol according to experts. Australia too had reviewed against Cheteshwar Pujara in the first ball of the second day’s play where no mark was found on Hot Spot and a very small spike was shown on Snicko, although on that occasion there was a suggestion the toe of Cheteshwar Pujara’s bat had clipped his pad.

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The wicket of Tim Paine on the third day left Australia 99 for six and they were eventually bowled out for 200 by lunch on day four on Tuesday. India then easily chased down 70 for victory after the lunch interval losing 2 wickets.

Indian No. 3 batsman Cheteshwar Pujara was reprieved on review in virtually identical circumstances on day two which led to the Australian skipper complaining about what he thought was double standards.

“I thought we had a pretty similar example in the first innings with Pujara on … day two which set some precedents. And then you could see the change,” he told reporters, maintaining that he had never hit the ball.

“Extremely frustrating, no doubt about that. Crucial part of the game. I felt like I’ve been playing pretty well the start of this series. And I thought if I could get in a partnership with (Cameron) Green (and) add another 50, 100, 120 runs together then the whole game changes. To have it finish like that was extremely disappointing.”

He said it was disappointing to be adjudged out as Australia were comparatively well placed and a partnership there could have turned the match on its head. Incidentally, Tim Paine scored an unbeaten 73 in first innings of the first Test and saw Australia winning after India squandered the advantage. That time too, Australia narrowed first innings deficit with India as Tim Paine coupled with tail-enders added valuable runs for 8th, 9th and 10th wicket.

Tim Paine Sought Clarification From Match Officials In Vain

Tim Paine said he had already sought clarification from match officials but had not been satisfied by their response.

I’ve spoken to them, it wasn’t very productive,” he said.

“My concern yesterday was not with the technology, it was with the precedents set with Pujara and the fact the (Paine) decision was made too quickly. He (Wilson) didn’t look at enough replays to see all evidence. There was probably a gap between bat and ball. It was just lots of things that didn’t marry up for me.”

Cameron Green
Cameron Green. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Tim Paine had no complaints however about a close runout decision that went his way in Australia’s first innings. He was scrambling for a single with all-rounder Cameron Green at other end and Tim Paine survived a lengthy review despite no clear evidence that his bat had crossed the line before the bails were whipped off.

The decision was criticized by Indian fans and former legendary Australian spinner and TV commentator Shane Warne was among those who took to on social media saying Tim Paine should have been adjudged out.


Australia vs India 2020-21: Cameron Green Set To Make His Test Debut In Adelaide, Reveals Tim Paine

Cameron Green, the uncapped all-rounder is tailor-made for Test cricket and will make his debut in all probability in the pink ball Test match against India in Adelaide, Australian captain Tim Paine announced on Wednesday.

The much-awaited four-match Test series between the two cricket heavyweights; India and Australia will commence with the day/night match at Adelaide from 17th December onwards.

Cameron Green
Cameron Green. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Cameron Green Who Understands Cricket Well And Has Smart Brain To Debut In Pink Ball 1st Test After Training Well: Tim Paine

The right-handed batsman and right arm seam-bowling all-rounder scored an impressive hundred in the first warm-up game against India A and was drafted into the Test squad after exemplary performances in the domestic circuit. He got concussed in the second practice game after a straight drive from Jasprit Bumrah hit him on the head, but has recovered and Tim Paine indicated that the baggy green cap is waiting for him.

“He trained well. If all things go well, Cam Green will be making his Test debut tomorrow. Great news for him. Great news for us and great news for all Australian cricket fans,” Paine said at the virtual media conference ahead of the series-opener.

Tim Paine
Tim Paine (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Tim Paine, who batted alongside all-round prospect Cameron Green in the warm-up game and has also seen him score a lot of runs in Sheffield Shield domestic circuit, is confident that he is a young star in making and has a bright future ahead of him.

“He is really impressive for a guy of his age and understands his game pretty well. He has smart cricket brain and is calm under pressure. He is made for Test cricket,” Paine complimented the 21-year-old West Australian’s skills.

21-year-old all-rounder Cameron Green has played only 1 ODI where he scored 21 and didn’t pick a wicket against India at Canberra on 2nd December. He played both warm-up games where he scored an unbeaten 125 in 1st innings in 1st game and picked 3 wickets in total before being concussed.

Cameron Green Will Bowl Not Many Overs And Won’t Open: Tim Paine

The skipper believes that if Cameron Green can bowl a few overs besides batting consistently with his seam-up stuff, it will help in the longevity of Australian pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood, all of whom feature in test series and were rested in most of the limited-overs matches.

“He (Green) will bowl but we don’t expect him to bowl a huge amount of overs. We see him as nice change up, who takes about 12-14 overs in an innings from our key fast bowlers.

“Having him around will help having Starc, Cummins and Halewood around for a little longer. He is going to be a huge asset in that sense,” the skipper observed.

David Warner
David Warner (Image Credit: Google)

Cameron Green has opened a few times in Sheffield Shield cricket but skipper Tim Paine completely ruled out the option of having the youngster open even as there are slots available at the top order due to David Warner’s absence and Joe Burns’ poor form. David Warner is injured and will miss 1st test while Joe Burns failed to reach double-digit scores in both practice games.

“No we will be using Greeny (nickname) in that all-rounder’s slot. We will use him in position that gives him best chance to succeed. We can’t bring him in a Pink Ball Test match and ask ‘mate can you open’.”

Cameron Green has played 21 first-class matches where he averages 55.04 with bat and 21.72 with the ball. He amassed 1321 runs and picked 33 wickets. In Sheffield Shield, he scored an unbeaten 158 against Tasmania and 197 against New South Wales playing for West Australia recently.

Cameron Green
Cameron Green. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Australia vs India 2020-21: Cameron Green Names This Indian Pacer Apart From Jasprit Bumrah Who Is Tough To Face

The young allrounder Cameron Green is fully aware of India’s strong bowling attack, especially of Jasprit Bumrah, whom he reckons has got world-class bowling skill. He has prepared his strategy to face Bumrah, who was the joint highest wicket-taker (21) during the 2018-19 Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Jasprit Bumrah,
Jasprit Bumrah. Photo Credit: Twitter.

Ahead of the second warm-up game between India A and Australia A, Cameron Green feels that the unorthodox action of Bumrah makes him tough to break. He is ready to take up the challenge and said that his team would put up the best against the Indian pacer.

“He’s obviously got world-class skills. He’s got such a unique bowling action, so I’ll definitely take some time to get used to it. You’ve just got to take your game to another level really. (You’ve to) Work really hard on it and hope it gets a bit easier the more we face him. That’s the attitude I and the rest of the team will be taking against him. That’ll be another new challenge,” Cameron Green said about Bumrah during a media interaction.

Cameron Green feels Umesh Yadav can be a trouble maker:

Umesh Yadav
Umesh Yadav. Image Credits: Twitter

Apart from Bumrah, Cameron Green also praise Umesh Yadav, who was the leading wicket-taker for India A in the first game, picking up 3/48 and 1/14. Umesh is likely to be India’s third seaming option behind Bumrah and Mohammed Sham.

“You can obviously tell the world-class skills of Umesh Yadav. He was bowling down-breeze on a wicket that had a bit in it for him,” Green said of Umesh. “It was incredibly tough (to face him), but I had Painy (Australian captain Tim Paine) and the guys down the other end who were so helpful just to get through them (the Indian attack) really,” Cameron Green.

Meanwhile, Cameron Green has suffered a concussion during India A’s first innings on the opening day of the pink-ball warm-up match at the SCG. While bowling, he was struck with the ball on the side of the head by a fierce straight drive from Jasprit Bumrah, who went on to score a maiden first-class half-century. The injury has made his inclusion in the first Test match a bit doubtful.

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David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)

David Warner Ruled Out Of 1st Test As He Hasn’t Recovered From Injury

David Warner, Australia’s opener has been ruled out of the first Test against India after missing the last ODI and subsequent three-match T20I series, but will try to return for the second instalment starting on Boxing Day, Cricket Australia said Wednesday.

David Warner suffered a groin injury while attempting to save a shot hit by Shikhar Dhawan in vain after scoring 83 in the second ODI for the winners of ODI series, Australia.

David Warner Injury
David Warner Injury

David Warner Made Progress, But Will Stay At Sydney To Work Getting Back To Full Fitness

David Warner is on the way recovering from a strained adductor muscle that forced him to limp out of Australia’s second one-day international against India last month, after a knock of 83 off 77 balls. He scored 69 off 76 balls in first ODI. His absence saw Australia losing third ODI and subsequent T20I series 2-1.

“I feel I have made great progress in a short amount of time and it’s best for me to stay here in Sydney to continue working on getting back to full fitness,” David Warner said in a statement.

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David Warner (Image Credit: Google)

David Warner is in great form in tests too, after scoring career-best unbeaten 335 against Pakistan and 24th hundred against New Zealand in previous test series.

David Warner: Injury Feels Lot Better But Will Take Field Only If 100% Fit

David Warner feels he needs some more days to be back into full fitness and play at least three tests after missing the first test.

“The injury feels a lot better, but I need to be able to satisfy in my own mind and to my team-mates that it is 100 percent ready for Test match conditions.”

The cricketer who will take David Warner’s place is being under question with failures of Joe Burns and Will Pucovski. Still, all-rounder Cameron Green’s recent century for Australia A against a strong India XI attack has put him in contention for a spot. Cameron Green scored an unbeaten 125 off 202 balls.

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Cameron Green. Image Credit: Getty Images.

In contrast, fellow young prospect Will Pucovski and veteran Joe Burns, who were in line to form Australia’s top order, flopped in the warm-up match. While Joe Burns scored four and 0, Will Pucovski scored one in first innings.

He scored 23 off 39 balls in the second innings but was retired hurt after suffering a concussion as a Kartik Tyagi bouncer hit him on the helmet. It is to note that while Joe Burns is not having a good Sheffield Shield series, Will Pucovski has scored two consecutive double tons to remain in contention for a maiden test berth.