Australia vs South Africa Test cricket 2022, Cameron Green odd summer, Josh Hazlewood fitness

Cameron Green knows that the less he has to do in a test, the better off the Australian team is.

But that doesn’t mean the versatile 23-year-old doesn’t fancy some time in the middle when the Aussies host South Africa in Game 2 of the Boxing Day series.

Green endured a “weird” start to the summer by his own definition. He failed to strike in the first Test against West Indies, then went just 9 and 5 and took a wicket against them in Adelaide.

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Last week the young gun was out 18 in the first innings, played just a handful of overs on a green Gabba deck and then finished 0 as Australia beat the Proteas in Brisbane.

He heads into the MCG on Monday with a lack of real fitness under his belt and a hunger for big scores.

“It’s been a really weird start to the summer for me, not having to do too much,” Green said Thursday.

“As an all-rounder you’re kind of like the guy who helps out if the team needs it. At the moment I feel like I don’t really need me, but obviously that’s a sign of the quality of our game.

“As a teammate, I watch how well the guys play, it’s quite impressive to see.

“As far as hitters in practice, I hit the ball well. If you don’t have a lot of playing time, that’s the only way to know how you’re doing.”

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Although he hasn’t been ‘needed’ yet this summer, there’s little to no chance that Green will be removed from the Test side.

He has proven himself to be a quality fourth-rate bowler in an offense that is among Australia’s all-time best. His stick is constantly improving and his test average of 32.82 will only increase over time – while his hunt for the elusive century will surely come to an end.

The dilemma for Australia coaches will be whether to bring Josh Hazlewood into the squad for the Boxing Day match.

Hazlewood passed a fitness test on Thursday after a strain suffered in Perth three weeks ago, and is battling with Scott Boland to be named in the XI.

Boland was the hero of the Melbourne Test last year, demolishing England in front of his home crowd on his debut for Australia.

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