Green can make it to T20 World Cup through IPL performance

The all-rounder will miss the T20Is against West Indies or New Zealand as he focuses on red-ball cricket this month.

Andrew McGlashan09-February-2024 • 8 minutes ago

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cameron green Australia's selectors for the T20 World Cup have their sights firmly set on how they will prepare the final squad ahead of the tournament in June, with the upcoming IPL also playing a role in it.

Green has been ruled out of the two T20I series to prioritize red-ball preparation for the Tests against the West Indies and New Zealand – which will include a Sheffield Shield outing for Western Australia against Tasmania next week – but he has yet to return to action. World Cup can also be included in this.

He will return to the IPL in late March, where he has been traded from Mumbai Indians to Royal Challengers Bangalore, and performances in that competition could still impress the selectors.

“Yes, very strongly,” National Selector george bailey When asked if Green was still in the frame, he said. “We know he is going to go into the IPL and bring a big batch of T20 cricket. It's a constant conversation with multi-format players, working on priorities at any given time and making sure they get what they need but he's definitely someone I think we'll name in the 15 players for the World Cup. “Finalizing the final touches, he'll be firmly in the mix.”

Green made his mark at the top of the order in T20Is shortly before the last World Cup in 2022 when he hit two quick half-centuries against India. When Josh Inglis was injured he was included in Australia's squad, although he played only once in that tournament, the final against Afghanistan.

He did not take part in any of Australia's eight T20 matches last year, preferring Test and ODI. Green faced a challenging 2023 across all formats after his maiden IPL stint, struggling to score runs in Tests before losing his place at the end of the Ashes and only getting a cameo in the ODIs, including against South Africa. Injuries were also included. Has been scheduled to run at number 4.

He has returned to the Test team in a new role at No. 4 following David Warner's batting reshuffle, with Steven Smith selected to open. His highest score in three innings was 42 against West Indies and he will get another chance in that position against New Zealand as the selectors are happy to play the long game.

“There is a skill set there that is unbelievable across all three formats,” Bailey said. ,[We’re] Really believe by exposing him he will get better and better and learn more about his game.

“But like any player, I don't think it will be a straight line – there will be ups and downs, as there always is. I imagine his last two years have been stormy at different times. He has traveled with the team basically non-stop.

Cameron Green scored a half-century in the ODI series against West Indies Cricket Australia/Getty Images

“It's a challenge that all those players go through, but I think when you're younger and you go through it, it can be tough. But I'm sure if you asked Cam he wouldn't have it any other way.”

Like Green, the IPL could play a role in who takes the final fast bowling slot in the T20 World Cup squad. nathan ellis'Death skills have currently kept him at the front of the queue, meaning T20 player of the year Jason Behrendorff It's a challenge to get into it sean abbott There is also a possibility of being squeezed.

Behrendorff will face West Indies but is not part of the New Zealand tour. Ellis was due to feature in both, but has been ruled out of the West Indies games as he recovers from a rib injury suffered late in the BBL. Behrendorff's IPL contract is with Mumbai Indians while Ellis's with Punjab Kings. spencer johnsonWho was one of the big money grabbers in the auction, will be playing for Gujarat Titans.

Behrendorff has developed his death bowling to such an extent that he was Australia's second most economical bowler at that stage last year, behind Ben Dwarshuis who played only two games, giving 8.51 runs, while Ellis gave 10.90 runs, although he Gave more than double the runs. Number of deliveries.

“It's not necessarily who's in front, it's more about what roles you want to give them,” Bailey said. “Working out what happens if something happens to another player and what skill sets you want to prioritise, where you've got cover and you need to make sure you have access to .

“Nathan's skills at the death are fantastic, think we have some great new ball bowlers. The work Jason Behrendorff has done over the last 12-18 months and his ability to add to his game can't be faulted… The ability to be able to bowl in the middle and death overs now is really impressive, so he There's another player really putting his hand up.

“Again, it's just trying to get that balance of how we can get some information through these next six games and who will get a chance in India in the IPL, which we're obviously very keen on. Will keep a close watch.”

Andrew McGlashan is deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo

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