Cameron Green top scored with 103* (Photo: SirWellsy99 / Wikimedia Commons)

Cameron Green looked like a natural out in the middle of Basin Reserve today, as he scored his second Test century. 

Entrusted with batting at second drop, the West Australian slashed 16 boundaries, including three in the final over to bring up the ton. 

Averaging 55.66 since returning to the side, the all-rounder is glad to be back in the green and gold at Test level. 

“It’s always satisfying scoring runs for Australia,” Green said.

“When you’re not quite in the team it does make you stop and think and how special it actually is to be playing for Australia. Sometimes you do forget that you’re playing so much so now it’s nice to be back.

“I think number four suits me but it’s just whether or not that suits the team.”

Green was the shining light in a rather bleak first innings for Australia as they succumbed to a difficult batting wicket. Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head suffered the most as they barely troubled the scorers. 

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A brief cameo from Mitch Marsh helped steady the ship, as he hit 40 off just 39 deliveries. His innings helped turn the tide for Cam Green and the Aussies.  

“I was struggling down my end,” Green said.

“I obviously know how Mitch plays playing a quite a bit with him for WA. He always loves to score, and I think that’s exactly what we did at the time, just put some pressure back on them. 

“Someone who’s looking to score is obviously really dangerous, so I thought his innings was really crucial for us today.” 

When Marsh departed, Green continued to apply the pressure as he got Australia to 9/279 at stumps. The 24-year-old believes they can do some damage with the ball tomorrow.

“I think we got a total that’s reasonably competitive especially with our bowling line-up,” he said.

“They bowled a really good length all day and I think we had to work pretty hard to try and change their length, so it will be exciting tomorrow.”  

Green will enter the crease on day two at 103 not out.

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