Australia’s Test all-rounder-in-waiting is close to resuming bowling in the Sheffield Shield.
WA’s emerging star Cameron Green is being managed after injuring his back last season but is expected to be back bowling his dangerous seamers in the coming weeks.
“Cameron is a work in progress,” WA’s Ashton Turner said after play on day one of WA’s clash with NSW in Adelaide.
“He’s not too far away (from bowling). I imagine, like all fast bowlers, and especially young fast bowlers, he’ll get slowly phased back in and we might see some short spells towards the back end of this block (of games).”
After just 16 first-class matches, the 21-year-old Green averages 45 with the bat and 21.53 with the ball, but has returned to the Shield as a batsman only as he manages his body, pushing his Test claims potential back for now.
But he might not be needed in the Test side given how Australia’s all-round resurgence continued when Moises Henriques became the latest to prosper in the Adelaide hub.
In making an unbeaten 134 against Western Australia at Park 25 yesterday, Henriques joined Michael Neser and Ashton Agar in the centurions’ circle five days into the Sheffield Shield season.
How Henriques brought up his 11th FC century #SheffieldShield pic.twitter.com/IZIgGDBoj7
In a long and barren stretch since Shane Watson’s retirement, Australian all-rounders have been thin on the ground.
But you can barely take a step in the Adelaide hub without falling over someone in form with bat and ball.
All-round strength has long been Australia’s weakness so national coach Justin Langer would be delighted with the form of so many dual-discipline players.
Henriques’ big hundred follows him being named joint Shield player of the year with Nic Maddinson last season.
His 11th first-class century has set the game up for NSW, which was looking wobbly 3-71 before Henriques and Daniel Solway (68 not out) powered the Blues to 3-262 at stumps.
All-rounder performances continued next door too where Tasmania’s Beau Webster pushed his claims to take 3-26 from 12 overs against South Australia to go with the half-century he made against Queenslan last week.
After a five-wicket haul last round this were tougher for WA’s Ashton Agar against NSW (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images
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