Western Australia allrounder Cameron Green is hopeful of making his long-awaited return to bowling in Friday’s Sheffield Shield clash against Tasmania.
Green, 21, has not bowled in either a domestic or club fixture since November 2019 due to lower back concerns. He has had multiple stress fractures in his lower back dating back to junior cricket and the WACA have been ultra-conservative with him since his most recent fracture late last year.
He has been bowling over the winter and has been making some technical changes with WA bowling coach Matt Mason and he is hopeful of finally bowling in a game this week.
“I’m having a bowl today,” Green told RSN Radio. “I’m having a couple more sessions before game day. Hopefully maybe a couple of overs this game but if that doesn’t happen, hopefully, the game after. But it will only be a handful of overs I would say.”
Green has two five-wicket hauls in Sheffield Shield cricket and both have come against Tasmania, including 5 for 24 on debut as a 17-year-old.
But since being unable to bowl, Green has established himself as one of the best batsmen in the Sheffield Shield scoring 929 runs at 84.45 in nine games including four centuries.
His career-best 197 against New South Wales last week has put him firmly in the Test selection frame but Green is determined to keep his head down.
“I’m going okay,” he said. “I haven’t really gone through a bad patch since I scored my first hundred so I’m just going with the wave and going with the flow of doing well and for some reason, it’s just paying off at the moment but I’m trying to keep a level head.
“Cricket doesn’t owe you anything. As soon as you think you’re better than you are, it catches up to you. I’m just trying to keep a level head.”
BBL 2020-21 – Pakistan allrounder Imad Wasim signs with Melbourne Renegades
Melbourne Renegades have signed experienced Pakistan bowling allrounder Imad Wasim for the second half of the upcoming BBL season.
Imad will join the Renegades from December 26 after the completion of the three-match T20I series between Pakistan and New Zealand in New Zealand. The 31-year-old will be able to play immediately upon arriving in Australia without quarantining due to the Covid travel-bubble agreement between New Zealand and Australia.
“Imad is one of the best T20 players in the world with his ability to impact games with the ball and to finish the innings with the bat,” Renegades coach Michael Klinger said.
“He’s an experienced player with recent title success, he’s capable of bowling in the powerplay and he’ll strengthen our middle-order batting.”
Imad joins South Africans Rilee Rossouw and Imran Tahir, and Afghanistan spin duo Mohammad Nabi and Noor Ahmad on the Renegades roster. The BBL has allowed three overseas to play per game this season and the various international commitments and travel restrictions have meant the Renegades have added five to their roster to give them flexibility.
“Given the current landscape we’ve had to be flexible with our international players,” Klinger said. “We’ll have Rilee Rossouw available for the whole season while our other international players will feature at different points throughout the tournament.
“It’s a really talented group of international players and they’ll provide us with some great flexibility throughout the season.”
BBL 2020-21 – Jonny Bairstow unavailable for Melbourne Stars, replaced by Andre Fletcher
Bairstow was expected to be available for the Stars after Christmas after completing the 14-day mandatory quarantine in Australia following England’s limited-overs tour of South Africa. However, he is expected to be recalled to England’s Test squad for the tour of Sri Lanka in January.
The Stars moved swiftly to sign Fletcher, who like fellow Stars signing Nicholas Pooran, has been in New Zealand playing in the T20I series.
“We’re naturally disappointed Jonny won’t be able to link up with us this season but we wish him well on his recall and England’s winter tours,” Stars coach David Hussey said.
“We’re glad Andre was in a position to join us and he’ll bring plenty of power and entertainment at the top of the batting order. Andre is a former T20 World Cup winner with the West Indies so he knows what it takes to succeed in major tournaments and I’m confident he’ll be a great asset around our group.”
Fletcher has played 200 T20 matches worldwide with extensive experience in the Caribbean Premier League, the Bangladesh Premier League, and the Pakistan Super League. He is likely to be available for the Stars for the regular season up until January 26.
“I’m really looking forward to coming over to the Melbourne Stars and being part of what should be an exciting season ahead,” Fletcher said. Hopefully, I can bring my brand of batting and recent form to the Stars during the BBL.”
Recent Match Report – New Zealand vs West Indies 1st Test 2020
Toss West Indies chose to bowl v New Zealand /b>
Jason Holder won an important toss and chose to bowl against New Zealand in the first Test. The pitch at Seddon Park in Hamilton was lush green, almost indistinguishable from the outfield, and the playing XIs for both West Indies and New Zealand reflected that. Both teams left out frontline spinners in Mitchell Santner and Rahkeem Cornwall, and went with a pace heavy attack.
New Zealand included Daryl Mitchell ahead of Santner, preferring the seam-bowling allrounder to the spin-bowling one. Their four seamers are Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner and Kyle Jamieson.
West Indies have Roston Chase’s offspin to call on, but their four frontline bowlers are also all pacers in Kemar Roach, Holder, Shannon Gabriel and Alzarri Joseph.
The first session of play was washed out due to a persistent drizzle, but the skies cleared and the toss, delayed by two hours, took place in bright sunshine.
Holder said the “grass was pretty high” while explaining his decision to bowl, while Kane Williamson said he would have chosen to bowl too. New Zealand have handed a debut to Will Young, who is coming in on the back of some good form in first-class cricket. Young’s inclusion will mean Tom Blundell takes the gloves – with BJ Watling injured – and will bat lower down the order.
West Indies didn’t include Shimron Hetmyer, who has a concussion, and have Jermaine Blackwood in the XI.
New Zealand: 1 Tom Latham, 2 Will Young, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Henry Nicholls, 6 Tom Blundell (wk), 7 Daryl Mitchell, 8 Kyle Jamieson, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Neil Wagner, 11 Trent Boult
West Indies: 1 John Campbell, 2 Kraigg Brathwaite, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Jermaine Blackwood, 5 Shamarh Brooks, 6 Roston Chase, 7 Shane Dowrich (wk), 8 Jason Holder (capt), 9 Alzarri Joseph, 10 Kemar Roach, 11 Shannon Gabriel
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