Australian cricket prodigy Cameron Green has backed up his unbeaten century on Monday by claiming the first wicket in India’s second innings on Tuesday.
Green’s sensational performance for Australia A this week has sparked calls the 21-year-old allrounder to earn his Test debut against India next Thursday in the opening red-ball match of the summer.
Ex-Australian allrounder Brad Hogg declared Green “a certainty” to get picked next week.
“Cameron Green has to be a certainty to play the first Test now,” Hogg tweeted.
“Pick of the batsmen in the first innings and bowled some tidy overs. Can’t have him as a bench warmer.”
After he finished 125 not out in Australia A’s first innings of 306, Green claimed the wickets of openers Prithvi Shaw (19) and Shubman Gill (29) in a brief spell before lunch.
The West Australian had the pair both caught at point, with the Indians going to lunch on the final day at 3-61 and with a lead of two.
India is trying to bat out day three in a bid to decide on their best order for the first Test in Adelaide next week.
Test hopefuls Joe Burns (4) and Will Pucovski (1) went early in Australia’s first innings , while the man Green would likely replace – Matthew Wade – is not playing in the tour match.
Questions still remain over who will open the batting alongside Mayank Agarwal, with Prithvi Shaw the incumbent.
Both Shaw and youngster Shubman Gill scored ducks in the Indians’ first innings.
KL Rahul could be the other option at the top.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari are also set to get much needed time at the crease, in the middle-order batsmen’s first game since March.
Umesh Yadav meanwhile appears to be leading the race to be their third seamer, taking the wickets of Pucovski, Burns and Tim Paine (44) in Australia A’s first innings.
Australia A are a bowler down on the final day, with Jackson Bird ruled out for up to three weeks with a calf injury and not batting at Sydney’s Drummoyne Oval.
That factor would no doubt have played into the decision for Australia A to bat out the first 40 minutes of the third and final morning, rather than declaring overnight.
– with AAP