Australia captain Pat Cummins believes Cameron Green is the perfect package and as good as any current Test allrounder in the world after his one-handed efforts in the win of fifth Test in Hobart. Green, 22, turned the game in Australia’s favor on the third evening with an exceptional spell to spark yet another massive collapse of England after they had reached 0 for 68 chasing 271 to win.
Green took three wickets in a six-over burst before and after the evening break. His extra pace forced Rory Burns to chop on to halt England’s momentum. He hit Dawid Malan bang on the helmet with 138kph/86mph bumper that disturbed England’s No. 3. Malan, having already survived a couple of near chop-ons and several plays and misses barely due to good fortune, then dragged another back-of-a-length ball onto his stumps, before Green found Zak Crawley’s outside edge with some late away swing to leave England reeling. They lost 10 for 56 to lose by 146 runs and hand Australia a 4-0 series massive win.
Cummins himself grew as a proficient Test captain across the series. Any worries on how the leadership would affect his bowling were thrashed as he finished the series as the leading wicket-taker on both sides despite only playing four Tests bagging 21 scalps at 18.04, bookended by a five-wicket haul in the first innings of the series and seven wickets in the final Test in Hobart.
Cummins on Green’s heroics at Hobart
“He’s just as good as any allrounder in the world at the moment I think,” Cummins said. “For someone so young, as a captain, I feel really lucky not only to draw on him as a bowler but when he’s next into bat I just feel so calm. He showed he absolutely belongs at this level is a Test batter and then as a bowler, he’s a genuine fourth quick.”
“I feel like I turned to him sometimes before I turned to myself or someone else. He’s just got that bounce, he’s got the control, incredible skills, and he’s been so bowling so well, we’ve only had to bowl him 10 or 15 overs a day or an innings. Again, you forget how young he is, just seeing him at gully as well. He is absolutely the complete package. But he’s young, so we’ve got to keep looking after him. But a bright future ahead.”
Cummins on being the leading wicket-taker in this Ashes
“I’m in the team as a bowler. I want to make sure that’s protected and I’m able to perform as well as I’d like. I think with each game I felt better at managing that. I could really switch off, take off the captain’s hat and just be a bowler for my overs. Even little things around bowling changes, moving fields in between my overs I felt like I got better at managing that as the series went on and so that’s a hugely pleasing thing. Again, it might be difficult in the heat or longer innings, but I feel like it’s something I’m only going to get better at.”