Green shows maturity with key Ashes runs

Australia's decision to back Cameron Green is paying increasing dividends, with the youngster scoring crucial Ashes runs on a day one green top in Hobart.

CAMERON GREEN. Picture: Mark Brake/Getty Images

Australia's investment in youngster Cameron Green is bearing increasing fruit, with the allrounder notching crucial runs on day one in the fifth Ashes Test in Hobart.

The 22-year-old, who had lean returns with the bat this series before his 74 in the fourth Test, is not out on 57 with Australia 5-215 heading into the night session.

Green came to the crease at 4-83 before combining with century-maker Travis Head for a 121-run stand to help wrestle back momentum from England.

It is Green's highest first-innings score at Test level and has taken on increasing importance with Head departing at the tail-end of the second session.

Green has proven a handful with the ball this series, picking up nine wickets at 15.44, and now appears to be finding his groove with the willow.

"It's been the best Cameron Green has looked in the series," Mark Waugh said in commentary on Fox Cricket.

His runs, which have included four boundaries and a number of crunching drives, also drew praise from former England captain Michael Vaughan.

"His balance and alignment has been fantastic. He's going to dominate some Ashes series," Vaughan said.

Green averages more than 50 at first-class level and has eight Sheffield Shield centuries to his name, numbers Test teammate Usman Khawaja believes warrant his selection long-term.

The pair shared a vital 179-run stand on day four of the SCG Test which ended with the visitors hanging on for a thrilling draw.

"You don't get players like Cameron Green very often," Khawaja said last week.

"The selectors know that, and they see that you need to give this guy a bit of opportunity and time and for him to develop.

"Invest in these players at a young age - something I think we probably haven't done as well in the past, chopping and changing a lot - and you'll reap the rewards later down the track.

"You just need to invest. We saw with Steve Waugh, I think the same can be said about Cam Green."

Waugh only reached double figures twice in his first 11 Test innings but went on to amass 10,927 runs.