Sakshi Jain ∙ Sep 20 2022, 10:00 PM

Matthew Wade hails Cameron Green for his sensational knock against India

image-l8ampmukCameron Green (PC: Twitter)

The first T20 International of the three-match series between India and Australia was all about the heroics of Cameron Green with the bat. The absence of David Warner paved the way for Green as an opening batter, and he did not disappoint. As Australia opted to bowl first, the all-rounder had a turbulent experience as a bowler.

In his three overs, the 23-year-old conceded 46 runs while picking one wicket of Suryakumar Yadav. Following the poor bowling performance, the young rookie redeemed himself with the bat. Green laid the foundation to help Australia chase 209 runs in 19.2 overs.

Opening the batting innings alongside skipper Aaron Finch, the all-rounder played a class knock of 61 runs. He faced a total of 30 balls and smacked eight boundaries and four maximums at a strike rate of 203.33. He also took home the man of the match award as Australia won the fixture by four wickets.

While Green helped the visitors get off to a blistering start, it was Matthew Wade who applied the finishing touches. The veteran wicketkeeper-batter played a knock of unbeaten 21-ball 45. Wade was all praises for Green’s conduct on the field in Mohali.

Wade lauds the youngster

The 34-year-old praised the youngster for executing his plans well. The keeper also revealed it was already decided that Green will open alongside Finch as they want to explore his role more as a batter. Meanwhile, Wade acknowledged the efforts of Steve Smith as well, who played a knock of 30 runs off 24 balls.

While giving an interview during the post-match presentation, Wade mentioned,

“Green was always going to open, it was nice to see him come out and do that. He is a really exciting allrounder and he will play a role with the ball as well. There were some crucial roles through that (early) period and Smith played really well to keep the pressure up.”

One noteworthy point here is that Green is continuing his solid form from the three-match One Day series against New Zealand. He was the revelation for Australia on the tour with 114 runs and two wickets. With the T20 World Cup in line, Australia will be hoping for the young gun to continue his purple patch.

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