Green is on the cusp of making one of the more keenly awaited Test debuts in recent years on Thursday after making more improvement in his recovery from a mild concussion sustained in his follow-through while bowling for Australia A against the Indians at the SCG on Friday.
Only a week or so ago it seemed as if there wouldn’t have been a place for the next big thing from Western Australia, even after a prolific start to the Sheffield Shield and then an unbeaten 125 and a pair of wickets on audition against the tourists at Drummoyne Oval.
As well as he was travelling and as promising as he was, there still wasn’t a vacancy for him in the Australian middle order.
Coupled with the sidelining of David Warner with a groin tear, it has been a chaotic fortnight or so for Australia’s top order, meaning No.3 Marnus Labuschagne or Matthew Wade look increasingly likely to end up being promoted to open in Adelaide alongside Marcus Harris, who wasn’t even in the original squad.
Unsettling as it may be, however, to have to amend plans to such lengths in such close proximity to the first Test, the advantage for selectors is they can slot Green now without controversy.
They wouldn’t countenance the idea of dropping either Wade or Travis Head to make room for the exciting newcomer in the middle order but they don’t have to worry about that now.
No one will kick up a stink about Burns being dumped, as he surely will be after yet another failure at the SCG on Sunday. A reshuffle of the order, whether it is with Labuschagne at the top or Wade – as former captain Allan Border suggested on Sunday – would simply shift Steve Smith up to No.3 and leave a place free at No.6.
Green is not fully in the clear from the head knock he copped while bowling. Under Cricket Australia’s concussion policy, players make a staged return to exercise from such incidents, so it is possible that doesn’t go as well as hoped.
But unlike Pucovski, he does not have a history of nasty head knocks and the signs point to him being fit for selection.
Greg Chappell, a selection panel member until last year, has had Green in his team for weeks and his former colleagues, Trevor Hohns and Justin Langer, must now be ready to follow suit with theirs.
“He’s the future,” Border said on Sunday.
Beyond the advancement of youth, the utility of Green’s inclusion is an immediate selling point.
Australia’s assembly of fast bowlers and spinner Nathan Lyon don’t necessarily need an extra hand with the pink ball but they could use one.
“Ideally, everyone wants a Ben Stokes-like player who just balances the team perfectly,” paceman Josh Hazlewood said on Sunday.
“I guess that’s why we’ve searched for all-rounders all these years and tried to make one fit. Greeny is obviously a huge prospect and has got a great future ahead of him.
“If now is the right time to get him in then by all means get him in. But if not we just have to make do with what we’ve got.
“I think you probably get away with it with the pink ball. But playing the Melbourne and Sydney Tests back to back, even Brisbane with a bit more heat that time of year, an all-rounder would be more than welcome.”
Whether it’s in Adelaide or not, Green has a big ride ahead of him.
Chris Barrett is Chief Sports Reporter of The Sydney Morning Herald.