Following finger surgery, Australia all-rounder Cameron Green said he is “touch and go” for the opening Test in India, but he dispelled any concerns about his bowling availability for the IPL. During the Boxing Day Test match in Melbourne against South Africa, Green broke his right index finger.
With the injury, he was able to bat in Australia’s first innings and scored an unbeaten half-century, but he was unable to play in the Sydney Test after needing surgery to fix the fracture. Prior to Australia’s first Test in a four-match series against India, which begins on February 9 in Nagpur, Green stated his recuperation timeframe will be constrained in an interview with SEN WA in Perth on Wednesday night.
“It’s progressing well. had a successful operation in Sydney, and the doctor is very pleased with the results. It gives me a lot of confidence since I believe he performed a successful operation on Tim Paine.
“After two weeks of rehabilitation, you’ll have two weeks to resume running and get your shoulder and back moving to make sure they haven’t frozen over. Then, most likely after four weeks, I’ll attempt holding a ball to see how it goes.
Examine how a cricket bat feels in your hands. Currently, [the finger] feels extremely fantastic and pain-free, so that gives me some hope that everything will be OK in four weeks. We come together as a team in Sydney for the Allan Border Medal [ceremony], and the following day we go for India.”
In addition, Starc is rehabilitating from a left-hand middle finger tendon injury sustained during the Melbourne Test, which prevented him from playing in Sydney. The awarding of the Allan Border Medal will take place on January 30.
Prior to the India trip, Australia’s Test team was scheduled to participate in a voluntary three-day training camp in Sydney. The team will then go to India where they would practice the center-wicket position for seven days before the first Test without a warm-up match.
With two days wasted on travel, Green will have about ten days between his first time handling a ball and bat and the start of the first Test in India. Green is in for a big time in India since Mumbai Indians, who made a big acquisition at the IPL auction, are likely to keep him around once the Test series is over to play in the IPL.
Green will be unable to bowl for four weeks after the fourth Test ends on March 13, according to a written letter that was delivered to the IPL clubs on December 23 before the IPL auction. Green, however, said that he had no idea where the correspondence came from, that it was false, and that he would be available to bowl for the Mumbai Indians as soon as the IPL began.