Prodigious WA talent Cam Green says calls to include him in Australia’s Test squad for the New Zealand series are “premature”, conceding he’s not ready for an international debut.
It comes after former Australian captain Ricky Ponting’s “left-field” call to get the gun all-rounder in the squad for next week’s series opener at Optus Stadium.
The 20-year-old, who hit his second first-class century against South Australia at the weekend to go with two five-wicket hauls in just 11 matches, felt there were others more deserving of a spot.
“I did read that, they’re incredibly nice words from Ricky but I think it’s still a bit premature to be honest,” Green said.
“I’m pretty happy just playing for WA at the moment, I’ve only just played a couple of games as a batsman myself so I’m not looking that far ahead.
“There’s a few guys even in the WA squad that should be playing ahead of me, Shaun Marsh has been peeling off runs for fun so I definitely he deserves it ahead of me.”
“Cameron Green is probably the in-form batsman in the country,” Ponting told cricket.com.au.
“It’d be a pretty left-field decision to make because he’s been batting so low for WA.
“But he’s not doing much wrong, he’s an exciting talent, and maybe to just include him and have him around the squad and give him a taste of what it’s like might not be a bad thing.”
“He’s very young and very raw, but what he’s doing in Shield cricket suggests there’s a whole lot of talent there with both bat and ball.
“He’s someone we’ve got to keep an eye on for the next couple of years, and if we can fast-track him and get him into the set-up sooner rather than later, it wouldn’t be a bad thing.”
Green, who has been unable to bowl for about a month due to back and side issues, will go for scans today to determine when he can roll the arm over again.
“If it’s fine today, I’ll be probably doing a couple of practice bowls off a very short run for a week or so and then if that goes OK, maybe another week or so after that,” he said.
While he didn’t make the 13-man squad for the three-Test series against the Kiwis announced today, the national selectors were keeping a close eye on him.
Australia host NZ in Perth from December 12 with the other Tests to be played in Melbourne from Boxing Day and Sydney from January 3.
“Cameron Green has certainly been discussed by us, but at the moment he’s not bowling,” Australian selection chairman Trevor Hohns said.
“He will be having a scan on his back this week to see if he can bowl again.
“I always say if they are good enough they are old enough, I don’t have an issue with his age.
“It’s more about whether his body can cope bowling.
“Once that happens we will be keeping a good eye on him because he is a fine up-and-coming player.”