Former Australian captain Steve Waugh endorsed Cameron Green as the ideal successor to David Warner in Test cricket, advocating for Green’s inclusion owing to his multifaceted skills.

When speaking on FoxSports, Steve Waugh regarded Cameron Green as the ideal successor to David Warner in Test cricket post-Warner’s retirement following the Pakistan series.

Green, displaced by Mitchell Marsh during the Ashes, seems improbable for the initial Pakistan match. Despite participating in the warm-up against Pakistan and scoring 46 runs, he failed to leave a remarkable imprint and refrained from bowling, signaling a challenging path back into contention.

Waugh views Marcus Harris, Cameron Bancroft, and Matthew Renshaw as contenders, but Green stood out due to his technical proficiency against fast bowling. Waugh compared Green to Shane Watson, endorsing him to partner Usman Khawaja in the opening slot.

The former skipper further highlighted Green’s multifaceted contributions—he appreciated Green’s bowling efficiency, fielding prowess.

There’s not a lot of other options available, but I’d be seriously thinking of getting Cameron Green in to open the batting. I want him in the team, because he just offers so much. He gives great balance because he bowls ten to 15 good hours, he’s a great fieldsman and I think his batting, he hasn’t quite nailed it yet, but when I (have) seen him, he’s got a good technique and he plays fast bowling well,” Waugh said.

“And he’s batted at six so far and often you get the second new ball at six, so … I just think it could be a bit of a Shane Watson-type situation, so I’d seriously be looking at him, because I want him in the team. At the moment Mitch Marsh has obviously nailed that spot that he was in, so that’d be the way I’d possibly go,” he concluded. 

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Last Updated on December 10, 2023

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