Australia’s seasoned off-spinner Nathan Lyon has commended the burgeoning talent of 24-year-old all-rounder Cameron Green, particularly praising his performances in Shield cricket and his recent elevation to the number four spot in the batting lineup. Lyon, known for his candid remarks, shared insights into the challenges Green poses for bowlers like himself.
Parallels with Jacques Kallis
“I have had the challenge of bowling to Greeny in Shield cricket with him batting at No.4 and he has given me a lot of headaches. I actually enjoy seeing him bat at number four and I feel like he could be the next Jacques Kallis of international cricket at number four,” Lyon remarked, as quoted by Perth Now.
The comparison with Jacques Kallis, a legendary South African cricketer, carries significant weight, given Kallis’ illustrious career spanning over 25,000 international runs and 500 wickets. Lyon’s endorsement of Green as a potential Kallis-like figure underscores the young all-rounder’s promise to shape the future of Australian cricket.
Despite experiencing a dip in form following his maiden Test hundred in March 2023, leading to his exclusion during the 2023 Ashes series, Green has received strong backing from Lyon. The off-spinner firmly believes in Green’s ability to excel in his new batting position and contribute significantly to the Australian team’s success.
Steve Smith’s Form and Lyon’s Assurance
Addressing concerns about Steve Smith’s form, Lyon dismissed any doubts surrounding the prolific batsman. Lyon highlighted Smith’s remarkable track record and unparalleled problem-solving skills, expressing confidence in his ability to deliver consistently for the team.
“I don’t need to talk about Smithy; his numbers speak for themselves. There has been no one worried about Smithy’s form. We are talking about arguably the greatest player of the last decade and there is a lot of talk about his batting. I sit here and laugh because he is arguably the best problem solver I have ever played with,” Lyon affirmed.