Cameron Green, the center of unfamiliar homecoming – Cameron Green: At home, but not quite.

This week is supposed to be a special homecoming for Cameron Green, with the all-rounder set to play his first Test match in his hometown of Perth against the West Indies from Wednesday.

Green, who made his Test cricket debut in December 2020, has not missed any of Australia’s 14 Tests since, but strangely has yet to play at home as Perth has not hosted a Test match since 2019.

His homecoming has been the centerpiece of the media and marketing campaign to bring some locals through the doors this week. But Green admits that she doesn’t really feel the comforts of home. Surprisingly, she has played more first-class matches at the Galle International Stadium in Sri Lanka than at the Perth Stadium.

He played just one Sheffield Shield match there in 2018, when he was bowling for Western Australia and batting at No. 8 behind Ashton Agar. Most of his first-class cricket in Perth in the WACA. He has played in eight T20s at Perth Stadium, but just one since January 2020.

Instead of being a fount of local knowledge to his teammates as the only WA-based player in the playing XI, he’s trying to extract as much information as possible from his interstate-based teammates. who have more experience playing there than him.

“It definitely feels weird that you’re playing a home game and not at home,” Green said. “Everyone expects you to do well and be used to the conditions, but I feel like maybe some of the other guys are more used to it than I am. It’s going to be a challenge.”

“I’m asking questions like Marnus [Labuschagne] who hit well there a few years ago on how he found it. It’s a little weird when you ask guys what conditions are like in your home.”

Green isn’t even staying in his own bed this week. He enjoyed a rare week at home in the run-up to Test matches after leaving Australia’s ODI series against England early to be coached ahead of the Test summer. But this week he opted to stay at the team hotel, as he stayed home for his only cap to date in Perth, a T20I against England in October, where he felt he relaxed too much in preparation. .

Green is quickly learning about life as a three-format breakaway player, just as he learned about breakaway Test cricket over the past two years.

Before his first home Test summer in 2020-21 against India Green, he played eight first-class matches, amassing three hundred and bowling four of them.

Before his second home summer in 2021-22, Green played five first-class matches for WA, making a century and three half-centuries, taking wickets in each game in preparation for the Ashes.

Ahead of a five-Test summer at home against the West Indies and South Africa in 2022-23, Green has not played a single game of red ball. The last first-class match of his was the second Test against Sri Lanka in Galle in July. He has played six ODIs and seven T20Is since the end of August and has become a permanent member of the ODI squad and a fringe member of the T20I squad.

He was preparing to play Shield cricket in mid-October and was literally facing red balls in the nets when he was told he would be joining the T20 World Cup squad following Josh Inglis’ freak injury, having left them just days afterward. of the T20I Series against England.

Green is trying to work out a deal on short-term tickets to test matches. “That’s the unfortunate nature of playing three formats,” he said. “You don’t really get a lot of preparation, which I’m not too used to. I’m used to liking a good month or so before a test series. It’s something I’ll have to get used to.” I have a lot of extra respect for the guys who do it.”

Unlike David Warner, Steven Smith, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc or Josh Hazlewood, Green doesn’t have one discipline to prepare for, he has two.

Learning to manage your time and prioritize your practice sessions is part of your education. Green would rather spend his time exclusively on his hitting. He was the last man out in the middle of the WACA mandatory three-hour session in central Australia on Monday. He was second only to Smith, who was still in the net when Green removed his pads as he tried to get used to the batting rhythms of Test matches after three months of hitting the cue ball.

“Basically it’s about learning to put the ball down again,” Green said. “I think in white-ball cricket, you’re trying to hit the ball and your point of contact is way in front of your eyes, basically trying to get a full swing. So I think it’s learning how to control it to get it back to being able to defend before your eyes. Because sometimes it feels like a different game.”

But he also needs to work on his bowling game. Three months of white-ball cricket meant he hasn’t brought his bowling load to optimum level ahead of five successive Test matches, although he has come closer in the last week.

His history of stress-related back injuries continues to be on Australia’s mind, but his overs and bowling ability remain vital to the balance of Australia’s attack. She no longer has the coaching advice of Matt Mason, the former WA bowling coach who joined the England women’s team after leaving Perth last summer. But Green continues to use her technical advice as she tries to stay fit and healthy during another big summer campaign.

“Matt Mason put me in a really good place,” Green said. “I think he had two really simple approaches I have towards my bowling, basically jumping straight and not trying to jump too much. Trying to balance as much as possible in the crease. A couple of really nice clear checkpoints to check once in a while every once in a while and I’ve had two or three good sessions with them this week.

Green will have to continue managing himself through a relentless schedule over the next 12 months, which will only be exacerbated if he adds the IPL to tours of India, England and the World Cup in 2023.

Perth itself may become as foreign to him in the end as the Perth stadium is this week.

Alex Malcolm is Associate Editor of ESPNcricinfo

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