Have Australia just produced the best young all rounder in the world?


Australia is one of those sporting countries that continues to produce world-class talent in every generation. Whatever sporting code it may be, the conveyor belt keeps spinning, with youngsters given their chance to go and represent the country on the international stage. Thanks to a combination of great weather and a natural instinct to get outside and play, Australia have managed to dominate world sports for a while, by having a constant flow of talented sportsmen and women coming through the ranks.

Perhaps the best example of this is cricket, as the Baggy Green have a rich history of producing the most skilled cricketers around the globe. Between 1999 and 2007, Australia won every World Cup on offer and, even if they were beaten to it in 2011 by India, they bounced back in 2015 to win on home soil after thrashing New Zealand.

In fact, the continuation of World Cup titles looks like it could extend to 2020 as well, given that the latest cricket betting has Australia as favourites to win the T20 World Cup later this year. Whilst this is all very exciting, it probably isn’t the most exciting prospect in Australian cricket at the moment, that honour belongs to youngster Cameron Green.

At just 20-years-old, Green looks to be the next sensation in Australian cricket and has already been described as the next Andrew Flintoff by Ryan Harris. It will come as no surprise then to hear that Cameron Green is an all-rounder of serious note. 

Recently, Green made his highest first-class score after he notched up 158 for Western Australia against Tasmania, which took his tally to three centuries for the season. All in all, that is 617 runs for the youngster this season, at an average of 77.

A stress fracture to the back is currently keeping him from bowling, but a look back at his debut at just 17 will illustrate just how talented he is with ball in hand. Indeed, 5-25 against Tasmania on debut in the Shield was enough for the whole of Australia to sit up and take notice of their next star. It is surely now only a matter of time before Cameron Green is called up to the national side to begin what should be a long and prestigious journey for Straya over the next 15 years.

It seems for all money that this 20-year-old has the potential to go on and become one of the all-time greats for Australia. Obviously, it’s too early to say that he will be spoken about in the same breath as Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, or Ricky Ponting, but the potential to join the upper echelon of Australian cricket is there.

If the rest of the cricketing world were hoping that the Australian cricket conveyor belt would temporarily shut down in order for them to enjoy some much-needed respite, then they have another thing coming. Tough days in the field and fierce fights on the pitch await world cricket once more when they face Australia, as Cameron Green gets ready to take to the international stage.