Like most of Australia, Test No.3 Marnus Labuschagne has Cam Green fever.
From his “ridiculous” ability to elite athletic traits and wise head beyond his 21 years, Labuschagne said there wasn’t much he didn’t like about the WA young gun.
“There’s not much I don’t like about what I see about Cameron Green, goodness me,” Labuschagne told The Fast and the Curious podcast.
“The way he moves in the field, you always think ‘he’s two metres tall, he could be a bit gangly’, but it’s almost completely the opposite.
“He’s such an athlete, he’s running so fast in the field, I think he’s hitting 35kph consistently in the field.
“He’s bowling 145kph, he’s batting top-order and his batting looks class and he’s a great learner of the game.
“I’ve loved having him around. He’s a great person first and foremost and his ability is ridiculous.”
Green has enjoyed a promising start to his Test career since making his debut against India in Adelaide this month.
He showed poise that he senior teammates were lacking in the second innings of the Boxing Day Test, top-scoring with 45 off 146 balls and combining with Pat Cummins for a 57-run seventh-wicket stand.
He fell five runs shy of his maiden Test half-century on day four after hitting a catch to Ravi Jadeja at mid-wicket off debutant paceman Mohammed Siraj.
“He’s very experienced for his age. I don’t ever really talk about batting and how old you are as an actual player but it’s more about how experienced you are and your demeanour,” Labuschagne said.
“He’s got that calm, cool head and he’s very clear out there, he knows what he’s doing, he’s not rash and it’s very good to see.”
Labuschagne, Australia’s leading run-scorer for the series with 129 at 32.25, also discussed his current form, the potential inclusion of David Warner for the third Test in Sydney, Steve Smith’s struggles and what the Aussies needs to do to bounce back from their horror Boxing Day loss.