One of the most lethal fast bowlers to have ever played the sport is Brett Lee. His ruthless pace and immaculate control over line and length made life difficult for many great batsmen. It is interesting to recall his debut against India in the Boxing Day Test Match in 1999. Even before he castled S.Ramesh, the Indian opener, Lee seemed like a youngster who knew what he had to do, quietly confident and rearing to go. Not only Brett Lee, but many other Australian Cricketers had the ability to draw the attention of people right from the word go.
The burly Shane Warne had a forgettable debut against India at Sydney, but by the time he was ready to bowl his first ball in the Ashes, he was mentally prepared for the battle ahead. What transpired after that is a well-documented part of Cricketing Folklore in Australia and beyond.
It is a tribute to the system of First-Class Cricket in Australia which produces quality cricketers who are not only skillful but also ready to go through the rigor of International Cricket.
Invariably, we find a tear away Aussie fast bowler making life difficult for touring sides in Practice games. It’s a unique way of getting under the skin of visiting batsmen and also proudly announcing the arrival of yet another world-class Cricketer.
On his List A debut, Cameron Green bagged three wickets against Pakistan including that of Shoaib Malik. He showed good control over seam movement and had a fruitful outing. He picked up a 5 wicket haul on his domestic debut becoming the youngest to achieve the feat. What a standout effort must it have been in that it showed character for someone with no experience at that level?
He has always been considered as a precocious talent who also possesses the ability to score vital runs.
Once, James Pattinson was at the receiving end of Green’s striking abilities, when he was carved for three huge sixes. In the same match, Green ended with figures of 3/20 including the wickets of Cameron White and Dan Christian.
It presented ample proof of his all-round abilities.
He was handed a rookie contract by the Perth Scorchers ahead of the 2017/18 Big Bash Season.
In the ongoing season, the promising 21-year-old has been in sensational batting form for WA. He scored his fourth First-class hundred against a Nathan Lyon led New South Wales and displayed good temperament.
Just before New Zealand’s visit to Australia last summer, he had amassed 699 runs at an average of 63.54. While back issues have hampered his bowling to a great degree but the rich vein of batting form over the last two seasons may earn him a spot in the Australian Test squad purely as a batsman.
Ricky Ponting and Ryan Harris, Cricket Australia High-Performance coach have their eyes all set on this talented youngster from Western Australia. The latter also compared him with Andrew Flintoff, the English all-rounder.
Will Cricket Australia reward him by giving him a spot in the line up to face India in the forthcoming Tests?
You’d reckon, it may just be the right time and thing to do so.