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Sport Why Ponting's bold selection call was ignored

03:30  03 december  2019
03:30  03 december  2019 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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a baseball player holding a bat on a field: Cameron Green in action for Western Australia.© Getty Cameron Green in action for Western Australia. National selector Trevor Hohns has dismissed calls for young all-rounder Cameron Green to be added to the Australian squad for the upcoming series against New Zealand.

Hohns has unveiled a 13-man squad for the three matches, made up of the 11 players who took the field in Adelaide, along with James Pattinson and Michael Neser.

Cameron Bancroft has been omitted after being part of the 14-man squad for the Pakistan series, although Hohns says the Western Australian remains one of the standby players.

Former captain Ricky Ponting had called for Green's inclusion, after the 20-year-old blasted his second Sheffield Shield century in the space of three matches for Western Australia on the weekend.

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The all-rounder has claimed two five-wicket hauls in his 11 Shield matches to date, but is currently unable to bowl due to a back injury.

That didn't stop Ponting calling for his inclusion to face New Zealand.

"Cameron Green is probably the in-form batsman in the country," Ponting told cricket.com.au.

"He's not doing much wrong, he's an exciting talent, and maybe to just include him and have him around the squad and give him a taste of what it's like might not be a bad thing."

With Mitchell Marsh still sidelined after breaking his hand earlier this season, Hohns indicated the all-round stocks are pretty bare.

"Well they're thin on the ground at the moment, without disrespecting anybody," Hohns said.

"There's Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, and young Cameron Green who's probably not ready yet either.

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"He's not able to bowl too much, but he's a very good up-and-coming player.

"We'd only require one (an all-rounder) if we were going to play two specialist spinners in Sydney."

Despite having played just 11 first-class games, Green has attracted plenty of headlines after bursting onto the scene with 5-24 on debut in 2017. He followed that up with 6-30 last summer, while he made 87 not out and 121 not out against Queensland last month, and 126 against South Australia on the weekend.

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"Cameron Green has certainly been discussed by us, but at the moment he's not bowling," Hohns said.

"He'll be having a scan on his back this week to see whether he can start to bowl again.

"Once that happens we'll obviously keep a good eye on him because he's a fine up and coming player.

"I always say if they're good enough, they're old enough. I don't have an issue with his age, it's more about whether his body can cope, and what he can do, particularly in the all-rounder category."

Hohns waved away any injury concerns around captain Tim Paine (finger) and fast bowler Mitchell Starc (foot), indicating both would line up in Perth next week.

"Tim's a tough guy, and most wicketkeepers are, so they give you very little," Hohns said.

"At the moment there's no cause for concern over Tim's fitness.

"Mitchell's going quite well, my understanding is he took some skin off his big toe. So he'll be fine."

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