In preparation for the eagerly awaited Test series, which will also determine Rohit Sharma and the company’s destiny at the World Test Championship, India and Australia are now fighting it out (WTC). On February 9, the first Test is scheduled to begin at the Vidarbha Cricket Ground in Nagpur. Before this exciting match, attention has been focused on the field and based on the reports, a rank-turner is predicted to give the hosts an advantage. The hosts have players like R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Axar Patel at their disposal.

Australia doesn’t have a spin attack as strong as theirs, but the visitors do have a strong batting lineup. Usman Khawaja is in excellent form right now and would want to see a similar performance in the sub-continent. In addition to him, the team’s middle order includes Marnus Labuschange and former captain Steve Smith, both of whom can sabotage any bowling attack under any circumstance.

Cameron Green, an all-rounder who might be the difference maker for the Kangaroos in the four-match series, will also be a key player for Australia. Adam Gilchrist, a former Australian wicketkeeper-batter, has advised Pat Cummins and company to use Green as their only hitter and bat him at number 6.

On the podcast for SEN, Gilchrist stated, “I believe they’ll start with Green at six, provided he’s healthy and not handicapped at all by that finger issue.”

“Based on how he performed in Sri Lanka, it almost seems as if Green grows as a cricket player in front of our eyes every time he competes… I believe they would be hoping he can continue the progress he made in Sri Lanka, the former cricketer said.

However, Smith delivered a shocking revelation about Green’s availability two days before the first game of the series. At a press conference on Tuesday, Smith said it is “unlikely” that Green would participate in the first Test. He then dismissed the comment, adding he is just concerned with himself and is unaware of what other players have been doing in practice.

I dare say he won’t play since I don’t believe he has ever faced fast bowling, but who knows? I was kind of preoccupied with my job, so I had no idea what he did throughout training. We’ll have to wait and see, but I doubt it,” Smith remarked.

During the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, which the hosts won by innings and 182 runs, Green suffered an injury to his right index finger. Following surgery, the all-around player was given the all-clear to resume training on Monday.