Cameron Green has revealed how junior tours to India allowed him to get comfortable in subcontinental conditions after scoring his maiden Test century.
After beginning the day one run short of his half-century, Green was outstanding smashing 18 boundaries en-route to a Test career best of 114.
Green’s century came in a 208-run partnership with Usman Khawaja (180) as Australia posted a formidable first innings total of 480. India is currently 0-36 in reply after its openers negotiated a 10-over spell to end the day.
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After missing the first two Tests in the series, Green showed why he is such a vital cog in Australia’s Test lineup, battering India’s attack after the home side had looked to be on top when he strode to the wicket late on day one.
Green’s century means he now boasts an average of 67.50 in India to go along with averages of 51.66 in Pakistan and 34.66 in Sri Lanka.
In an area of the world where even veteran Australian players have traditionally struggled, Green lifted the lid on why he’s been able to find such success early on in his career.
”It’s probably down to a lot of practice,” he said at stumps.
“A lot of us junior cricketers come through Australia and get a chance to get on the MRF tours in Chennai. I went on two or three of those, so that was the experience that you can’t gain in Australia, so I’m incredibly grateful that we got the chance to do that.
“We’ve just got a really good group of players in the changing room that obviously share their knowledge of trips they’ve been on before, so all the information I’m getting from the boys is helping a lot.”
Green and Khawaja batted expertly with each other in their near-record stand, with the right-hander playing the role of the aggressor while the more experienced Khawaja played the accumulator.
“To be out there with Uzzie for my whole innings, he helped me so much out there,” Green said.
“Obviously he’s an experienced head and has played beautifully this whole series, so to bat with him was really special.”
Green’s dismissal after lunch brought with it a slew of wickets for India, with Australia’s final six wickets falling for 102 runs, a figure that was helped by a handy 70-run stand between Nathan Lyon (34) and Todd Murphy (41).
Ravichandran Ashwin was by far the pick of India’s bowlers, taking the 32nd five-wicket haul of his career as he finished with figures of 6-91 in 47.2 gruelling overs.
Australia’s final wicket left India’s opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill an uncomfortable period of 10 overs to bat at the end of the day.
Sharma and Gill looked assured at the crease, with Gill’s six over Nathan Lyon’s head in the final over a sign of how much batters are still able to trust the wicket.
“It’s a very good wicket,” Green admitted.
“I think you’ve got to swallow your ego a bit (and say) if you get hit for a couple of beautiful shots, then so be it.
“I think tomorrow will probably just be a bit of a holding role for myself and I’ll let the spinners go to work.”
India will hope that the wicket holds up for the majority of day three as they attempt to run down Australia’s total.
As they did in the third Test, Australia will hope Lyon can run rings around the Indian batting order and spin the tourists to another victory.
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