Allan Border takes a dig at McGrath while praising Green
Australia and India locked horns with each other in the historic day-night pink-ball affair at Adelaide Oval. It was an unforgettable day for Cameron Green as he received his maiden Test cap from fast bowler Pat Cummins in the wake of a stellar batting performance against India A in the practice game.
The all-rounder Green scored a magnificent 125* in the first practice match against India A. He deservedly earned his debut Test cap. Besides scoring a century, he also picked up 2 wickets in the second innings. He picked up a wicket in the second warm-up game as well.
Unfortunately, he sustained a concussion injury which kept him out of the match. There were doubts about his participation in the first match. However, the all-rounder recovered in time to earn his Test cap.
Allan Border trolls McGrath
Meanwhile, former Australian skipper Allan Border took a hilarious jibe at Glenn McGrath while interacting with Harsha Bhogle and Sanjay Manjrekar. Border showered his praise on Green for his all-round potential.
The former Aussie skipper reckons that Green bats like Ricky Ponting and also added that Green is destined to achieve great things for Australia in the future. While talking about Cameron, Border sledged McGrath’s bowling speed by adding that Green is 10 kmph quicker than him.
“He’s an exciting young talent. What I like about him is that he as backed his potential with performance. He’s been scoring lots of runs in Sheffield Shield. Lot of people have said that he’s the best they’ve seen since Ricky Ponting. You went to the academy with Ponting, so you know what a quality youngster he was and turned out to be one of the greats of the game.
So if Green is anywhere near that then we have found a really good cricketer then you throw in the fact he’s around 6 foot 6 and bowls a heavy ball. He’s probably around 10 ks quicker than you pidgy! (McGrath’s nickname), bowls around 140. So he’s a real deal, don’t worry about that,” added Border said on Sony Sports Network.
Border’s statement took everyone by surprise including cricket analyst Harsha Bhogle and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar. In fact, both of them couldn’t control the laughter after hearing such a statement. However, McGrath himself took the banter sportively. Meanwhile, Bhogle joined the interaction by saying: “That is a proper sledge.”
Green didn’t unleash his full potential during Day 2 of the first match as he made only 11 runs as the hosts were bundled out for 191 in the first innings. However, the 21-year-old has a good chance to showcase his mettle in the second innings.