Australia can breathe a sigh of relief as Cameron Green was able to resume his innings in the IPL Qualifier against Gujarat Titans after being forced to retire hurt due to a blow on the arm. Green’s injury scare raised concerns, but it appears that the injury is not significant.
During Mumbai Indians’ chase, Green left the field in the second over when he was struck below his left elbow by a delivery from Hardik Pandya, which was clocked at 146kph. After receiving treatment from the physio on the field, he retired hurt but made a quick return in the seventh over with his forearm taped up.
Green did not show any signs of impairment at the crease, smashing two sixes in a brisk 30 before getting dismissed by Josh Little in the 12th over, a crucial moment in the chase.
Although Mumbai Indians fell short in their steep run chase, marking the end of their IPL campaign, it brings good news for Australia as Green will now be able to join the Test squad in the UK. Green’s presence is essential for the balance of the Test side, as demonstrated by his absence in the final Test against South Africa and the first two matches in India while recovering from a broken finger.
Despite the short turnaround from T20 mode to Test cricket, coach Andrew McDonald expressed confidence in Green’s ability to learn and adapt quickly. As Green transitions into a three-format player, the challenge will be to maintain focus and shift between formats effectively.
“Cameron’s challenge now, as he becomes a three-format player, is how he manages that and shifts between formats. He’s going to have another challenge ahead of him, going deep into the IPL finals and then getting ready for the World Test Championship match,” McDonald stated in an interview with SEN Radio. “It will be a test for him, but he’s a fast learner and has overcome every hurdle so far.”
Australia is set to announce their 15-player squad for the World Test Championship final against India on Sunday, with the main concern surrounding Josh Hazlewood’s availability. Additionally, Mitchell Marsh returned early from the IPL due to a minor adductor injury, adding further uncertainty to the squad selection.