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Australia hopeful Green absence will be brief

The allrounder picked up a minor hamstring strain and missed the Headingley Test

Andrew McGlashan
Andrew McGlashan
06-Jul-2023
Cameron Green pulls behind square, England vs Australia, 2nd Ashes Test, Lord's, 4th day, July 1, 2023

Cameron Green hadn't quite hit his straps with the bat  •  Getty Images

Australia are hopeful that Cameron Green will be available for the fourth Test at Old Trafford after picking up a "low grade" hamstring strain, which forced him to miss Headingley.
Green, who had a lengthy bat at training on Tuesday, but did not bowl like the other quicks did, did not appear at the final practice session on Wednesday.
He had bowled 22 overs at Lord's, taking on an increasingly important role after the injury to Nathan Lyon left Australia a bowler down. He played a key part in slowing Ben Stokes' scoring shortly before he was dismissed on the final day.
But Green hadn't quite been able to find his best form with the bat in the three Tests against India and England over the last month, although made handy contributions of 38 and 28 at Edgbaston.
Green, who earlier in his career suffered back stress fractures, also previously missed three Tests this year after suffering a broken finger against South Africa at the MCG.
There is a longer gap between this and the Old Trafford Test, which will give Green extra time to recover.
His absence in Leeds meant a recall for Mitchell Marsh, who played his last Test four years ago at The Oval where he claimed a five-wicket haul.
He was then ruled out of contention for the next series, back home against Pakistan, after he broke his hand punching a dressing-room wall at the WACA during a Sheffield Shield match. The following season, Green emerged and got into the Test side and has cemented the allrounder role at No. 6.
Marsh has a very good Test record against England: his batting average is 45.44, with both his centuries against them, and he has claimed 15 wickets at 24.46

Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo