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BREAKING: Young gun Cameron Green set for Test debut as opener solution firms

West Australian prodigy Cameron Green will become Australia’s 459th Test cricketer on Thursday if he passes concussion protocols.

National coach Justin Langer confirmed the news on Tuesday morning declaring the all-rounder is a certainty to be selected, provided the gains medical approval.

Green, who has been in stellar batting form this season and made a hundred against the Indians for Australia A last week, would also offer contributions with the ball and slot into number six.


This would almost certainly push Matthew Wade up the top of the order to partner either Joe Burns or Marcus Harris.

“If he’s passed fit he’ll definitely play,” Langer said in a media conference today.

“We’re just going through the concussion protocols.

“We all saw, it was a very unusual incident that happened with him.

“If Cameron gets through the protocols and he gets through training and he feels good, I’ve seen him last night, he had a big smile on his face, he had another test this morning that we got good news.

“He’s a terrific young bloke, he’s obviously an excellent talent, he’s earned the right for selection through his performances through Sheffield Shield cricket.

“If he’s fit and available then he’ll make his Test debut, which is very, very exciting for Australian cricket, for him and his family.”

The 21-year-old was subbed out of the most recent Australia A fixture after being struck on the head on his follow-through while bowling.

The freak accident sent shockwaves through a camp already dealing with Will Pucovski’s latest concussion.

Marnus Labuschagne is a certainty to remain at first drop, while Steve Smith and Travis's Head will bat at 4 and 5.

Langer refused to rule out Burns, who has gained support in recent days from Ricky Ponting and Brad Haddin.

Haddin told Fox Cricket’s Follow-On podcast the Queenslander’s First-Class average of 6 this summer won’t be the only factor considered. The former gloveman said Langer and the selection panel would make a final call on “gut feel” rather than raw numbers.

Ponting supported Burns also, telling Channel 7 he would pick a right-hand, left-hand combination at the top of the order.

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If Green is not passed fit, Wade could stay at No.6, which would leave Burns and Harris to open. Alternatively, the Tasmanian might still move up the order, which could pave the way for Moises Henriques to play his first Test since August 2016.

Green boasts a First Class batting average of 55 with five tons. He burst onto the scene as a teenager, taking a five-wicket haul on his Sheffield Shield debut.

He has since struggled with back injuries but appeared to be close to full fitness before going down at the SCG after a straight drive collected him in the head.

Source - https://www.foxsports.com.au/cricket/australia/breaking-young-gun-green-to-make-test-debut-if-cleared-to-play/news-story/b4c50a1cdaa032adfc70307a5b58edac

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