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‘I was taken aback’: Green suprised by warm welcome from Indians

Green was thrust into the action despite a modest 50-over record at state level in the third ODI, with Australia already having captured the series by going 2-0 up.

Australia’s 13-run defeat was compounded by a calf injury suffered by Ashton Agar while batting in the run chase, with the spinner due to have scans on Thursday night.

Australia will wear their new Indigenous themed jersey for the first T20 against India on Friday night.

Australia will wear their new Indigenous themed jersey for the first T20 against India on Friday night.Credit:Getty

There was better news with Mitchell Starc expected return from a rib and back niggle to play on Friday in an Australian team that will wear an Indigenous design on their shirts.

Green, who scored 21 and bowled four overs on debut, is eager for another shot after getting a taste in Canberra.

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“Obviously early I was a bit scratchy. It took me a few balls to get used to it a bit but unfortunately in that situation you had to get yourself in quickly,” he said.

“I had Finchy down the other end who was absolutely awesome. I think every ball he came up to me and said ‘good job youngster, keep going, you’re batting well, you’ve got plenty of time’. Having him at the other end was pretty special for a guy who has played … someone with that experience at the other end helping you out when you first start, I can’t thank him enough.”

Green had earlier been thrown the ball by Finch to bowl his first over for Australia to Kohli. After delivering four dot balls he was dispatched for consecutive fours by the India captain to complete the over, another experience he won’t quickly forget.

“Fourth ball I tried to bowl a bumper to Virat and he was back on it so quick. He had so much more time than what I had seen before,” Green said. “Obviously it’s a pretty big step up than what I’ve seen.”

The rising star was last month named in his first Test squad and is in contention for a baggy green this summer. But he said he would be remaining with the T20 squad for the three-match series rather than turning out for Australia A against an Indian XI in a three-day match at Drummoyne Oval starting on Sunday.

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