Calls are growing from Cameron Green to be in the mix for the Australian Test captaincy after the all-rounder smashed a maiden century against India in the fourth Test.
Along with Usman Khawaja’s 180, Green hit 114 off 170 balls to help Australia to a healthy total of 480, with India 0/36 in response on stumps at day two.
Green, who missed the first two Tests against India with injury, has slowly been building himself into an indispensable member of the Australian team, showing his all-round ability with a 50 and a five-for against South Africa in the Boxing Day Test.
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Australia is in a leadership vacuum with Pat Cummins struggling as captain while there is a dearth of other options for skipper with Steve Smith currently filling in despite his chequered past.
Respected cricket journalist Robert Craddock believes the time is right for Australia to start grooming Green as a future captain with the all-rounder showing he is going to be around for a long time.
“It’s time for Australia to think of Cameron Green as a future leader rather than the unassuming kid in the corner,” Craddock wrote for News Corp.
“Green should be in leadership groups where he can glean as much as he can from the likes of Steve Smith, David Warner and Usman Khawaja in their final years.
“If Green’s career continues on the steady upward trajectory it has taken over the past three years there will be a day when he comes firmly into the reckoning as Australian captain simply by the dent of his experience and credentials.
“Australia has never been great at nurturing future leaders. It generally leaves the system to apply its natural abrasive forces and it tends to spit out a couple of decent options.
“Green already has one great quality which would serve him well as a leader. There is a certain genuine authenticity about his body language and words which radiate sincerity and that is not a bad start. And that fact that he bats and bowls connects him to both ends of the team.”
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Former Australian Test cricketer Kim Hughes believes Green will become the best all-rounder in the world – if he can stay fit.
“I’ve said for a number of years now that providing he keeps himself fit, he’ll be the world’s best allrounder by a long way,” Hughes told SMH. ” I’ve got absolutely no doubt about that.
“His bowling action is so easy. And I don’t mean a one-day allrounder. There are lots of blokes that can bat a bit and bowl a bit. But he will be good enough to bat in any side in the world. If he was just a batter he could bat at four and if he was just a bowler he could open the bowling.”