The Ashes: Idea is not to let visitors bounce back, Cameron Green
Australia are expecting a spirited response from England in the third Ashes Test after losing the opening two matches in the series but the hosts will be ready for anything Joe Root’s men can throw at them, all-rounder Cameron Green said on Friday.
Australia have looked better than their arch-rivals in every department of the game but Green is sure England would put on an improved performance for the third Test starting on Sunday.
“Not saying that the performances weren’t good, they had really good moments and we know how good they are and obviously a world class team, world class players.
“We played really well, we’re sure they’ll bounce back really hard.”
Green said it was important to put the series to bed as quickly as possible as it was dangerous to give England the slightest encouragement. “You never want to let a world class team like England back into the series so if we can keep on top ... that’s what we are looking for,” he added.
Steve Smith, the stand-in captain in Adelaide, had said he was advised to manage Green’s workload on the final day of the pink ball contest but the 22-year-old’s said he is ready to go for Melbourne.
Green, who has managed to get the prized wicket of England captain Root twice in the series, said there is no big secret to playing him. “I just have very simple plans to him. Just keep it tight from one end and let the other guys do their job,” Green said.
While Green will be firing on all cylinders in Melbourne the status of fast bowler Josh Hazlewood remains uncertain after he missed the Adelaide test with a side strain. Green was unsure of his participation in the upcoming Test but was sure Hazlewood would be available for the fourth match in Sydney.