Australian all-rounder Cameron Green has been making waves on the cricket pitch, with calls growing for him to be considered as a future Test captain for Australia. Green smashed a maiden century against India in the fourth Test, scoring 114 off 170 balls in a total of 480 for Australia. Along with Usman Khawaja’s 180, Green’s performance helped to set up a strong position for the home side, with India 0/36 in response at stumps on day two.
Green missed the first two Tests against India due to injury but has been building himself up as an indispensable member of the Australian team, showing his all-round ability with a fifty and a five-for against South Africa in the Boxing Day Test. As Australia is currently in a leadership vacuum with Pat Cummins struggling as captain and few other options available, respected cricket journalist Robert Craddock believes the time is right for Australia to start grooming Green as a future captain.
Craddock believes that Green has the potential to become a future leader for Australia, as he has already shown his credentials as an all-rounder, and his career has been on a steady upward trajectory over the past three years. Green’s authenticity and sincerity in both his body language and words would serve him well as a leader, and his ability to bat and bowl connects him to both ends of the team. Craddock suggests that Green should be included in leadership groups to learn from experienced players such as Steve Smith, David Warner, and Usman Khawaja.
Former Australian Test cricketer Kim Hughes also believes that Green has the potential to become the world’s best all-rounder if he can stay fit. Hughes suggests that Green’s bowling action is so easy and that he would be good enough to bat in any side in the world, stating that if he was just a batter, he could bat at four, and if he was just a bowler, he could open the bowling.
Green’s performances have been impressive, and his potential as a future captain is becoming more and more evident. As Australia looks to fill the leadership vacuum in the Test team, Green’s all-round ability and leadership potential make him a strong candidate for consideration. If Green continues to perform at the level he has been, there is no doubt that he will become an indispensable member of the Australian team for years to come.