If there were any fears that Cameron Green might be blinded by the vast riches of the Indian Premier League, the image of Australian cricket’s most prized youth asset practicing striker defense for hours on a bowling machine operated by his father would certainly unite them.
Green confirmed on cricket.com.au Unplayable Podcast nominated at the player auction for next year’s IPL, and the versatile player will draw huge interest from franchises and a million-dollar price tag despite not having T20 experience.
«I’ve signed up. This is going to be an exciting opportunity,» Green said on the podcast, which will air Tuesday morning. “Especially when talking to many in the WA (Western Australia) setup about their experience in IPL, they speak highly of it.
“They talk about quality coaches, quality players around you. They’re all the best in the world in their craft.
«It’s a craft that I haven’t had a lot of exposure to. I’m very open to wanting to learn as much as I can, and this is probably one of the best environments to learn.»
The fact that the 23-year-old has spent the last weeks retraining his mind and massive frame to keep the balls out of the stump and play late on defense, rather than fine-tuning his powerful kicks, shows that his priorities aren’t fun. . .
And while Green suggested that part of the appeal of the first IPL race was exposure to the game’s most famous global figures, he eased his preparation for the NRMA Insurance Test series against the West Indies, which kicked off this week, in a more familiar voice.
Green’s father, Gary, who fed a bowling machine for hours on the way to his first Test in his hometown of Perth.
“I basically did a few sessions on the bowling machine trying to change my point of contact,” Green said. «In T20 cricket, you meet the ball far ahead of you, so you take all your speed.
«Trying to rein in and hitting the ball under your eyes (it’s tough). I basically had a few good sessions where I just played the defensive shot and was able to balance and let the ball go – it felt weird.
«It’s a challenge for all the guys who cut and change[forms]. Now I’m exposed to it.»
Indeed, Green comes from the longest limited cricket spell of his short career, which includes a World Cup debut in the final match of Australia’s doomed campaign earlier this month.
Normally, one of the most important influences on a career that Green’s father ascended to first-class level before he reached legal drinking age would have been tied to failures in the couple’s sessions together.
«He normally never uses the bowling machine,» said Green. «I thought it would be a long session… I just wanted something coherent and a look over my father’s shoulder.»
When Green returned to Perth earlier this month against his last two Dettol ODIs against England, the focus shifted to re-acquainting himself with the method that has made him one of the most praised contenders in Test cricket.
«It feels like you’re playing a different game, you’re playing from white ball cricket to red ball cricket,» said the right-handed player, who still has only played 21 limited matches for Australia.
«Sounds like you really need a few hours to get back to basics.
«I use my dad to throw half a volleyball at 60 kilometers (per hour) for a few hours. He’s back to basics, he’s timing right – there’s no need for Mitchell Starc to bowl at 140 (kph) on your back hip.»
Things didn’t go well for Green in Australia’s net session at WACA Ground on Sunday in the sharp sun, and he showed he once again felt comfortable against the red ball, this time against the slightly faster throws of the Australian coaching team made of reinforced plastic. wangers’.
The bowling attacks in the West Indies and South Africa will provide tougher tests.
A challenge for Green this summer, too, will be how his body will cope with the increased bowling workload from a fairly low base, as he hasn’t played world-class cricket this summer due to his white ball commitments.
The pacemaker will again be watched closely by captain Pat Cummins and team conditioning staff, but he hopes to be able to shoulder a larger workload as the summer continues.
«My body is in a really good place,» said Green, whose introduction to international cricket was injury-free, given the struggles he had with his back during his early years in WA.
“You always wish you had a few red ball games under your belt just to get into that rhythm.
«But thankfully I’m the fifth shooter on the team, so I can recover. I hope I can get into the series.
«It’s not managed… you just don’t have very high expectations of yourself. You can bowl 15 times a day with your rhythm, (but) I’m probably not used to it. So that’s how you study the show.»
Men’s NRMA Insurance Test Series – West Indies
30 November – 4 December: First Test, Perth Stadium, 1:20 PM AEDT
December 8-12: Test Two, Adelaide Oval, 3:00 PM AEDT (day-night)
Australia squad: Pat Cummins (c), Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner
West Indies squad: Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Shamarh Brooks, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Roston Chase, Joshua Da Silva, Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Anderson Phillip, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales, Devon Thomas
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