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Thanks to the emergence of new seamers on the block and his own inconsistent ways, Umesh Yadav may have fallen down the pecking order in recent years. However, the Nagpur fast bowler, on the back of his impressive show against Australia A in the tour game at Drummoyne Oval, looks set to be India’s third seamer in the opening day/night Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval from December 17.
After he took the wickets of openers Will Pucovski and Joe Burns and then the Australian captain Tim Paine with some hostile fast bowling in the warm-up game, all-rounder Cameron Green, who cracked an unbeaten 125 to almost ensure he would make his Test debut against India, termed Yadav as “incredibly difficult to face.”
“You can obviously tell the world-class skills of Umesh Yadav. He was bowling down-breeze on a wicket that had a bit in it for him. It was incredibly tough (to face him), but I had Painy (Australian captain Tim Paine) and the guys down the other end who were so helpful just to get through them (the Indian attack) really,” Green said at a media interaction in Sydney on Wednesday.
The problem with Yadav is that while he has been deadly back in India, swinging the SG ball prodigiously to gain 96 wickets at an average of 24.5, the 33-year-old has surprisingly struggled abroad on the more pacer-friendly wickets, taking only 48 wickets at a much higher average of 42.3 in 18 Tests in a decade-long career. Eight of those Tests came in Australia, where he took a five-wicket haul on his first tour in 2011-12.
Meanwhile, Green said was “looking forward” to the “challenge of facing Jasprit Bumrah with the pink ball in the next couple of days,” as part of the Australia A outfit which would take on a full-fledged Indian Test team at Sydney from Thursday. “That’ll be another new challenge. He’s obviously got world-class skills. He’s got such a unique bowling action, so I’ll definitely take some time to get used to it. You’ve just got to take your game to another level really. (You’ve to) Work really hard on it and hope it gets a bit easier the more we face him. That’s the attitude I and the rest of the team will be taking against him. That’ll be another new challenge,” he said.
Green in line for Test debut
Meanwhile, after stroking a superb hundred in the first warm-up game, besides prising out both India’s openers Prithvi Shaw and Shubhman Gill with his medium-pace, Green looks really close to make his Test debut on December 17. “I’m not too sure what’s the go. It’s really up to (what) the selectors are thinking at the time. All I can do is play well in the next game. If that doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. That’s all I can do and the rest will look after itself,” said the 21-year-old.
“It’s an incredibly hard team to break into. It seems settled at the moment apart from a few injuries with Davey (David Warner) at the top. And that’s (opening) not the position I am vying for. All I can do is get myself ready,” he added.
There has already been plenty of hype in Australia around him, which the young all-rounder has handled well so far. “I try to avoid (the hype) as much as I can as well. You speak to a lot of guys and you read nice articles about yourself but people say you’re never as good as they say. Just like you’re not as bad as they say. I try to avoid that. I have a good family and group of friends to keep me grounded. But I can’t see them unfortunately (he’s part of a d a bio-secure bubble). There are guys around here who are keeping me grounded. That’s all I can do,” said Green.
Naturally, a maiden Test cap would mean a lot to the young turk. “Obviously it would fill me with a lot of joy. As a young kid, before school, you just want to watch cricket. And then when you get home, you drag your dad out in the backyard for a game,” he said.



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