‘Unstoppable’: Cricket prodigy’s 44-year first

If you weren’t already convinced that Cameron Green was a future superstar of Australian cricket, this weekend’s demolition in Brisbane would eradicate any doubts.

The 21-year-old West Australian compiled a mammoth 251 against Queensland, his highest score in first-class cricket to date.

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Queensland captain Usman Khawaja won the toss on Saturday morning and elected to bowl first at the Gabba, a decision which quickly came back to haunt the hosts.

Green survived 343 deliveries at the crease, his marathon knock featuring 29 boundaries and five sixes.

As revealed by statistician “Swamp”, only three cricketers have passed 250 in the Sheffield Shield at a younger age — Doug Walters, Steve Smith and Sir Donald Bradman.

The moment Cameron Green brought up his maiden first-class double ton! @MarshGlobal | #SheffieldShieldpic.twitter.com/BcXrl7UVVE

It continues a remarkable purple patch for the all-rounder — after smacking a double-century for his local club in Western Australia, Green has also registered scores of 168 not out and 144 at state level over the past fortnight.

He’s currently the highest run-scorer in the Sheffield Shield this season, with 782 runs in nine innings at a Bradmanesque average of 111.71.

Green is also the youngest cricketer to pass 150 three times in a Sheffield Shield competition since legendary South Australian batsman David Hookes achieved the feat in 1976/77.

Green’s first-class record defies belief — his current batting average (59.88) is larger than Ricky Ponting’s, while his bowling average (26.82) is lower than Brett Lee’s.

Former Australian all-rounder Tom Moody tweeted: “Cameron Green is in rarefied air in first-class cricket, it’s only a matter of time before this extraordinary talent matches this on the international stage. With genuine all-rounders so rare he’s fast becoming one of Australia’s most valuable assets.”

put Cameron Green in the World Test Championship Final by himself

Cameron Green is absolutely unstoppable in Shield cricket. He's 201* right now. A beast in bat. Expect to hear this young man's name for years to come in the international arena. He'll be a legend batsman. #SheffieldShield

Green was eventually dismissed by Queensland tweaker Matt Kuhnemann on Sunday, caught at long-off by Joe Burns.

He steered the visitors to an imposing first innings total of 5/458 before West Australian captain Shaun Marsh declared in the early afternoon.

Meanwhile, former Australian all-rounder Hilton Cartwright fell just short of a coveted first-class century, removed by Kuhnemann for 96.

CAREY PROVES HIS WORTH

South Australian wicketkeeper Alex Carey has been tipped as Tim Paine’s eventual successor in the Test side, and the gloveman proved why on Sunday.

Facing a talented New South Wales bowling attack, Carey registered his fifth first-class century to put South Australia in a commanding position at Adelaide Oval.

The 29-year-old faced Australian Test bowlers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon with ease, compiling 125 before throwing away his wicket with a wild slog.

The hosts eventually declared at 8/482, with Jake Weatherald, Travis Head, Harry Nielsen, Jake Lehmann and Chadd Sayers each registering half-centuries.

The South Australian Redbacks are yet to muster a Sheffield Shield victory this season.

Polished century by SA star Alex Carey at #Adelaide Oval 💯🇦🇺🏏💪 Highlights @7NewsAdelaide 6pm pic.twitter.com/ZCGDbYZz1m

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