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Green may skip series in Pak to prepare for Tests vs India

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Wellington, March 4: Australia batter Cameron Green is likely to skip the white-ball series in Pakistan later this year and instead play Sheffield Shield to prepare himself for the the big-ticket home Test series against India in December, according to head coach Andrew McDonald.
The same template worked for the 24-year-old in the ongoing Test series in New Zealand as he hit a career-best 174 not out in Australia’s big win in the first match here on Sunday.
He was not included in the recent T20I series against the West Indies and New Zealand and instead earmarked him for West Australia’s Sheffield Shield fixture against Tasmania in Hobart, where he struck an unbeaten 103 to provide an ideal warm-up for the first Test against the Kiwis.
“It’s a big decision to leave anyone out of international cricket when they’re potentially in the best eleven, so I’m glad he (Green) embraced that when we had that conversation with him, and the return on it is pretty immediate,” MacDonald said.
“The next stress point on that will be next summer, leading into the Indian Test series where we’ve got Pakistan in ODI cricket and T20 cricket. I’d like to probably err on the side of preparing him through red-ball – we know how good a white-ball player he is, so you put a priority on what it looks like next summer.
“The white-ball cricket’s important, but geez that Test summer’s important, so I think with the results he’s had (at Wellington) he’ll probably come to us and say ‘can you give us a couple of Shield games before the first Test against India?’.”
Australia will tour England in September for five ODIs and three T20Is, followed by a white-ball series in Pakistan where they play three ODIs and three T20Is in November.
This will be followed by the five-match Test series for the Border-Gavaskar trophy in Australia in December 2024-January 2025. (PTI)

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