Australian team has been constantly being hit with injury woes ahead of the Test series against India starting December 17. Earlier David Warner was ruled out of the remaining series after straining an abductor in his groins during the T20I series.
Later, Mitchell Starc left the bubble due to a medical emergency at home, also missed the final two T20Is against India. Last week, all rounder Cameron Green was hit with a ball during the warmup game between India and Australia A.
However, Justin Langer, the head coach is optimistic about his availability ahead of the pink-ball day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval. Green took a direct blow off Jasprit Bumrah’s straight drive shot during the three-day warmup game, also left the field immediately and never returned back in the match.
The team named Moises Henriques as his replacement for the Test series after a successful run in the recently concluded T20I series.
“Fingers crossed (about Green’s availability). The guys from Australia A arrived a couple of hours ago. He turned up with a big smile on his face,” Langer told Channel Seven.
“[There’s a] massive opportunity potentially ahead for him to make his Test debut. He looks in really good spirits. He’s got training tomorrow and Wednesday. Fingers crossed he’ll be right to go — he’s a real talent,” he added.
Green played a remarkable inning against India during the first warmup game smacking 125 runs comprising of 12 boundaries and a six. Moreover, he also bowled the Indian openers, Shubman Gill and Prithvi Shaw in that game before suffering the blow.
Going into this match, Australia will also miss out on the presence of Sean Abbott after he sustained a calf-injury during the team’s training session. However, the return of Mitchell Starc will surely give them a massive boost.