After an unbeaten 125 against India A, the intriguing puzzle that remains is where an outsized Green piece could fit into the Australian jigsaw
“Yes, yes, yes!” screamed Michael Neser as he called Cameron Green through for a single. Green, on 99, had nudged Ravichandran Ashwin to backward of square leg and, with Mohammed Siraj haring at the ball, hesitated to run. Neser was nearly halfway to the danger end when Green belatedly set off and a desperate dive was not enough to save the South Australian. Green threw his head back in dismay as the Indians celebrated, Neser lay sprawled face down on the deck, run out, and the highly anticipated century celebrations were put on hold.
In a way, Neser’s eagerness to get his teammate to the milestone represents Australian cricket’s desire to see Green in the Test side. The buzz surrounding his talent and form in the lead up to the Test series against India has been palpable and only grew louder when he brought up his fifth first class ton – in just 20 matches – a few balls after the runout with the crispest of cover drives off Umesh Yadav.