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Cameron Green eyes bowling return after innings that made him 'proud'

The allrounder fell three runs short of a double century against New South Wales

Andrew McGlashan
Andrew McGlashan
Cameron Green in his delivery stride, Western Australia v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Perth, October 11, 2019

Cameron Green in his delivery stride  •  Getty Images

Cameron Green had taken a couple of hours to calm down as he reflected on his 197 against New South Wales as the innings of his short career that had given him most satisfaction and, to ensure the hype around the 21-year-old won't die down any time soon, suggested he could be back at the bowling crease in the next couple of Sheffield Shield matches.
Green looked distraught when given lbw three short of a maiden double hundred and while making sure he didn't fall foul of any officials admitted it was a mixture of disappointment at getting so close and thinking he'd got an edge on the ball.
"Never made 200 before," he said ruefully. "I've had a good couple of hours to chill down and release my anger and disappointment. That's probably the innings I'm most proud of, especially how hard they came all day. I understand that the pitch was pretty flat, but they came pretty hard so I'll take a lot out of it."
Green passed 1000 first-class runs in his 17th match during the innings and now has an average of 52.57 with four centuries. The other half to his game - he has an average of 21.53 with the ball - is getting closer to being seen again this level after not bowling since last November when scans showed the early signs of stress fractures in his back.
He has undergone work on his action during rehab and is hopeful of returning in the remaining matches of the Shield hub in Adelaide. His workload will be carefully managed once he takes the ball again, but the overs he does send down will be a full pace.
"[There's a] lot of things I'm working on, getting my body right, getting a bit of strength and condition in my body," he said. "I've not actually bowled too many overs the last few years so just trying to get my workloads up and there's quite a bit of technical stuff. All that mashed together, hopefully it comes together in the next few weeks.
"We are tracking along okay. Potentially [will bowl] this [coming] game or the next game depending how the next seven days go. We'll have a couple of training sessions, I'll bowl a couple of times and we'll the progression to see if I can bowl in the game.
"It won't be 40-50 overs, maybe five or 10 to help the captain out, [but] I won't be bowling at half pace if I'm bowling."

Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo