BEN Green is confident of returning to England a better player after a winter in Australia.
Green, who is 20, is out in Perth playing Grade cricket for Gosnalls. It’s the same club where his Somerset, Devon and Exeter team-mate Tom Lammonby’s dad Glenn played as a young man.
Runs have been flowing steadily for all-rounder Green since he arrived in Western Australia, but nothing big until recently. A maiden 142 against Waneroo changed all that.
“I’ve been scoring a lot of 30s and getting in a lot but not going on with it, so it was nice for that century to happen,” said the former Exeter School student.
“It was my first century in Australia. As an overseas player, you feel you have to score loads of runs, so I was quite happy with the end result.”
Green, who played through the Devon age groups before graduating through the Somerset Academy, has been working hard on his game while in Australia.
“I’ve become a lot tougher mentally and a bit more patient,” he said. “That’s something I’ve worked hard on since coming over here.”
Despite making a ton and some moer in the two-day game, Green was disappointed to miss out on getting a double century.
“To be honest I was pretty disappointed to get out,” he said.
“I got bowled by the only ball I missed all day, which was frustrating.
“I felt it was an opportunity missed to get a double hundred but I managed to help get the boys to the line.”
Green is looking to develop further as a cricketer, as well as a person during his first time away from home.
“This is my first long period away,” he said. “I’m learning to be independent and how to look after myself, while hopefully improving my cricket and accelerating my development as a player.”