Cameron Green could be a step closer to his international debut after Marcus Stoinis pulled up with a side injury during Australia’s opening ODI against India at the SCG on Friday.
Stoinis left the field two balls into his seventh over, and although Australia called the decision not to bring him back out precautionary, Stoinis is set to have a scan on Friday night. Also, the quick turnaround between matches – the second game is on Sunday – would seem to make it unlikely he would be available for it.
Stoinis, who made a first-ball duck in Australia’s huge total of 374, has a history with side injuries having also suffered one at the 2019 World Cup.
Green, the Western Australia allrounder, who has also been named in the Test squad, was picked largely on the back of his first-class record, with his List A numbers being more modest.
Ahead of the series, Australia coach Justin Langer had said Green would play in the ODI side only if he was able to be a full part of the bowling attack. And though Green returned to action with the ball for the first time in a year during the last two rounds of the Sheffield Shield, his role was limited to four-over spells.
The other all-round option Australia have in their squad is Moises Henriques, who was recalled for the first time since 2017, and is also a like-for-like replacement for Stoinis.