The Australian cricket selectors find themselves facing a difficult decision as they finalize the playing XI for the fourth Ashes 2023 Test against England, set to take place at Old Trafford. Following two consecutive defeats, the hosts made a remarkable comeback, clinching a crucial victory in the third Test. However, the selectors now have the task of choosing between two talented all-rounders, Cameron Green and Mitchell Marsh.
Green was unable to participate in the third Test due to a minor hamstring injury. As a result, Marsh was given the opportunity to showcase his skills and he made the most of it by scoring a splendid century during Australia’s first innings. With both Western Australian players impressing, one of the possibilities being considered is to promote either Green or Marsh to the top order.
When asked about the potential change in the batting order, Green expressed his willingness to bat wherever needed. However, he acknowledged that it might be a challenging proposition for him to open the innings. Referring to former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson, Green pointed out that Watson was the only player he could recall who successfully transitioned to an opener.
Notably, Watson was brought in as an opener midway through the 2009 Ashes series and it turned out to be his most successful batting position in Test cricket, with an average of 41.79.
“I think it’s a bit of a stretch. I think being an allrounder [makes it a stretch] – probably Shane Watson is the only one who comes to mind doing that – [and] I’m not too sure how much he bowled,” said Green, as quoted by cricket.com.au.
Despite his reservations, Green emphasized that any player would be content to bat in any position to represent their country in Test cricket. He acknowledged that the final decision rests with the selectors and expressed his readiness to wait and see what they decide.
“I think anyone would be happy to bat anywhere to play Test cricket. You always put your hand up for selection but have to wait and see what selectors think,” added Green.