Australia has included prolific run-scorer Cameron Green in the 18-man ODI and T20I squad for their India series.
Green, who averages nearly 52 in first-class cricket and who scored 197 in his last innings for Western Australia against New South Wales in October, has been spoken of highly by respected figures in the game, including Greg Chappell, who implored the selectors to pick him.
Green bowls as well, but hasn’t been able to do so in some months due to back injuries.
‘Cameron’s domestic form has been outstanding and he has carried it through for Western Australia this summer,’ the selection chairman Trevor Hohns said. ‘As a potential player of the future this is an opportunity for him to be part of the squad and build on his experience.
‘We’ve had our eye on him for some time now. Like our one-day squad we can assume our Test squad will be a bit bigger than normal, so he’ll certainly come into contention … but that doesn’t mean there’s pressure on anyone else because our Test side has performed very well and is pretty stable. I don’t envisage too much pressure being exerted on any of the incumbents immediately.’
There’s also room for 33-year-old Moises Henriques, who last played for Australia in 2017.