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Cameron Green will make his test debut if he’s fit

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Cameron Green will make his Test debut against India in Adelaide on Thursday, provided he has recovered from the concussion he suffered last week.

Australian coach Justin Langer confirmed the news on Tuesday morning, paving the way for Green to become Australia’s 459th cricketer.

Green has two centuries of first class to his name this season, including one for Australia A against India, but suffered a concussion after being hit by the ball while bowling at SCG on Friday.

“If he succeeds he will definitely play,” said Langer.

“We’re just going through the concussion protocols. It was a very unusual incident that happened with him.

“I saw him last night, he had a big smile on his face, he did another test this morning that we got some good news on him.

“He deserved the right to be selected. If he’s fit and available, he will make his Test debut.”

Langer confirmed that the top batting positions remain open, with a decision still at 24 hours.

With David Warner and Will Pucovski both unavailable and titular Joe Burns horribly out of shape, selectors have yet to decide on their preferred combination.

Burns has scored just 62 runs in nine innings this summer and five runs in four innings for Australia A against India.

“I have supported Joey in private and in public all the time, he’s a very good player, you don’t lose your talent overnight,” Langer said.

“He understands, however, that races are the best currency and he has been a little light.

“We’re going to have our eyes on him today, I’ll talk to him, and we’ll make a decision on who’s going to open the next day or two.”

Laner has confirmed that Marnus Labuschagne will remain at three and Steve Smith at four, which means the inclusion of Green will likely see Matthew Wade open the bat for the first time in first class cricket.

“He’s mentally tough, he’s got a good footwork, he’s got the game for it, he can counterattack like David Warner does,” Langer said.

“He can certainly do it, we just have to find the best composition of our team.”

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