Two greats of Australian cricket have endorsed the potential call-up of boom youngster Cameron Green to replace an injured Marcus Stoinis for Sunday's one-day international against India at the SCG.
Stoinis is dealing with a side strain, having hurt himself while bowling in his seventh over of Friday night's 66-run win. Cricket Australia said on Saturday scans had confirmed a low-grade side strain and he will be "managed accordingly".
Cameron Green is in line for a potential ODI debut at the SCG on Sunday.Credit:Getty
"If he's [Stoinis] not [fit], obviously someone has to come in and probably someone who can bowl overs," Smith said.
"Perhaps Cameron. He started the Shield season really well, he's a bright talent. I faced him for a couple of balls in the nets before the game for the first time and he bowls a heavy ball. He looks an impressive talent and if he gets the opportunity, hopefully, he takes it with both hands."
The West Australian enjoyed a bumper start to the Sheffield Shield season, including a thumping 197 against NSW. He could slot straight into Stoinis' No.6 position, ensuring Glenn Maxwell can remain the "finisher" at No.7.
Warne said Green was the "obvious" selection ahead of Abbott and Henriques but admitted Agar would also be strongly considered.
"Cameron Green would be the obvious [one]. It'd be good to see him get a crack at international cricket. He looks like he is in good touch," Warne said on Fox Cricket.
"Cameron Green will come in if they want to strengthen their batting even though he can bowl a few overs.
"If he doesn't and it's a used wicket and they think it might spin a bit more, Agar will come in and everyone will bat up one spot. I think it's out of those two."
Agar has played 20 ODIs, the last against South Africa this year, while Abbott played his lone ODI against Pakistan in Sharjah in 2014. Henriques has 11 ODIs to his name, the last against England in Birmingham in 2017.
Despite their struggles through the Indian Premier League, Aaron Finch (114 off 124 balls) and Smith (105 off 66) responded with match-defining centuries on Friday, while Maxwell cracked 45 off 19 deliveries. The home side piled on its highest total against India (6-374), eclipsing the 2-359 of the 2003 World Cup final at the Wanderers.
Leg-spinner Adam Zampa (4-54) recovered from dropping Virat Kohli in the deep while Josh Hazlewood (3-55) struck early on a night Mitchell Starc (1-65 off 9 overs) struggled.
Starc began with an 11-ball, 20-run over, the second-most expensive opening over in ODI history, but the man who claimed a tournament record of 27 wickets at last year's World Cup has been backed to rebound.
Australia ODI squad: Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey , Pat Cummins (vc), Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Sams, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa
India ODI squad: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur.
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