Grass is Greener at the top for Cameron
Australian youngster Cameron Green has helped Australia defeat India by four-wickets in Mohali overnight to kick off the 3 match T20 international (T20I) series.
23-year-old Green, playing in just his second T20I match, was promoted to the top of the order and made the most of his opportunity, blasting 61 runs off just 30 deliveries.
Green showed his intent early, flicking the first ball he faced off Umesh Yadav behind square-leg for four, after India set a daunting task of 209 for victory.
After Green was eventually dismissed by Axar Patel in the eleventh over, it was Matthew Wade who once again came to the rescue, blasting 45 off just 21 balls to ensure victory for the Australians with four balls remaining.
Greens man-of-the-match performance is a strong response to his surprise omission for the T20 world cup in Australia this year, but veteran Wade says he isn’t far off.
“The plan was always for Green to open today,” Wade said.
“The coach and captain feel like that’s the best spot for him to find his feet at T20 level, and he showed tonight that it’s going to be the spot for him going forward for a while.
“One, two, three are the positions that if something went wrong, he would probably come in and fill.
“Josh Inglis can fill spots from three to the middle order. We probably see Greeny as that top order player if something happens and we needed to pull him [in] for the World Cup.”
Even if he doesn’t gain a call up for the T20 world cup, Green is still expected to have a big summer in Australian colours and will aim to add to his 14 test matches when Australia takes on South Africa at Optus Stadium from November 30th – December 4th.
In other sports news…
Daria Saville has been forced to retire in the second game of her Tokyo Open campaign against Naomi Osaka.
I’m seriously in disbelief… what the actual f happened… I am not even sad I’m just shocked
— Daria Saville (@Daria_gav) September 20, 2022
28-year-old Saville vented her frustrations on twitter, saying she was in disbelief and was “not even sad just shocked.”
The injury is especially disappointing for Saville, as she had only just recently returned to the top 100 in rankings.
Saville later told social media that she would get an MRI tomorrow and is hopeful the injury isn’t a torn ACL.
And in AFL grand final news…
Geelong speedster Max Holmes is being put through his paces as he prepares to overcome a hamstring injury suffered in last week’s preliminary final demolition of Brisbane.
— Drew Jones (@DrewJonesFOX) September 21, 2022
20-year-old Holmes has been a strong contributor for Geelong in just his second season, playing 18 games and averaging 15.5 disposals playing on a wing.
Holmes isn’t alone in having to prove his fitness for Saturdays Grand Final, with Sydney veteran Sam Reid also having to overcome a scare from last week, after he was subbed out with an adductor problem.
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