Shane Watson Backs Cameron Green as Potential Test Opener for Australia

Former all-rounder Shane Watson believes Cameron Green could flourish as a Test opener for Australia, filling the gap left by David Warner’s retirement. Discover how selectors are weighing options, including Green, Bancroft, and Harris, for the crucial role alongside Usman Khawaja.

Shane Watson, a former all-rounder, believes Cameron Green could excel as a Test opener for Australia. The selectors are considering options to pair Usman Khawaja with someone for the upcoming West Indies series after David Warner’s retirement.

Shane Watson thinks Green has the skills needed, even though he hasn’t opened much before. However, they need to handle his bowling workload carefully as he adjusts to this new role. He mentioned how similar to his experience, managing both batting and bowling demands attention.

“He can do it,” Watson expressed. He believes Green has the talent, ability to score runs, and the mindset required to succeed as an opener. It might take Green a game or two to figure out his strategy, but Watson is confident in his potential.

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Besides Green, Cameron Bancroft and Marcus Harris are also being considered as potential replacements for David Warner.

Coach Andrew McDonald has hinted that Green is being seriously considered for the opening slot. McDonald mentioned that while all options are being evaluated, Green’s name has prominently come up in discussions about the best six batters for the team.

Since debuting in December 2020, Green has played 24 Tests, scoring 1075 runs at an average of 33.59, including one century and five half-centuries. He has also taken 30 wickets, including a five-wicket haul against South Africa at the MCG.