Serious doubts remain over Cameron Green’s availability for the second Test against India with concerns still surrounding the condition of his finger.
Both News Corp and The Age report that Green is still racing the clock to be fully fit by Friday, when the second Test starts in Delhi.
Green, who broke his finger in December, was on Monday still only going through tentative fielding drills using a soft ball, according to News Corp, while he is yet to face fast bowling in the nets.
The all-rounder is reportedly back to bowling at full pace, but has only been facing spinners with bat in hand.
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Green’s inclusion in the Australian XI is crucial for the side’s balance, with his selection opening the door to more avenues.
For example, picking three spinners is reliant on Cummins having some fast bowling support, which Green could provide without sacrificing a top-six batter.
As such, a Test debut for Matthew Kuhnemann, who can spin the ball in the other direction to Todd Murphy and Nathan Lyon, could be reliant on Green being passed fit.
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Another concern is the possibility of Green being selected, but feeling uncomfortable against fast bowling, and/or being unable to field in the gully where he is arguably the best fielder in the world.
A spokesperson for Australia told News Corp on Monday that Green’s recovery was still progressing as per expectations, but it’s unclear if he will be passed fit.
Meanwhile, The Age reports that Michell Starc is expected to be fit for the second Test and could replace Scott Boland, should Australia not go with three specialist spinners.
Boland spoke to reporters on Monday with his comments appearing to suggest that he’s already bowled his last ball of the series.
“Bringing in someone like Mitchell Starc, who’s a gun in these conditions and bowled really well in Sri Lanka and Pakistan (last year) — hopefully I made the selectors’ job a little tougher than it originally was, but I don’t think we’re going to play three fast bowlers,” Boland said.
“There’s only going to be two spots up for grabs I reckon.”
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