BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 07: Cameron Green of Australia speaks with Pat Cummins during game two of the T20 International Series between Australia and the West Indies at The Gabba on October 07, 2022 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

Cameron Green remains a chance to feature for Australia in the first test against India, but is unlikely to bowl.

Green, who broke his finger during the Boxing Day test in Melbourne, has shown encouraging signs in his recovery as he fights to be fit for the test series in India.

Speaking ahead of the first test on February 9, Australian coach Andrew McDonald praised Green's recovery thus far, but conceded that the 23-year-old may be unable to bowl.

"He's made some significant steps forward in the last couple of days, probably to my surprise, so there's still an outside chance that everything going well he might be on the team sheet," McDonald told media in India.

"I wouldn't say he was in discomfort with his bowling, one of the deliveries jarred the bottom of the bat and that can create discomfort for anyone but there's a little bit of awareness around that finger."

Despite Green being unlikely to feature on the bowling line-up, the Australians will head into the test in Nagpur with plenty of options.

"I wouldn't say it [two spinners] is a given, it's very conditions dependent so particularly this first Test, once we get to Nagpur we'll see," Australian skipper Pat Cummins said.
"I think sometimes talking about a couple of spinners you forget how good a lot of our fast bowlers have been in all conditions. Even some of the SCG wickets, there hasn't been a lot in them for quick bowlers but the quick bowlers have found a way.
"We've got plenty of bowling options here - fingerspin, wristspin, left-arm, Starcy when he comes back - so we'll obviously pick the bowlers we think can take 20 wickets, how we are going to split that up we aren't 100% sure yet."
Elsewhere in the Aussie camp, McDonald is confident that David Warner is rested and ready to go, despite his busy summer.
"He's really looking forward to the challenge of India and it's been well documented that he hasn't had the series that he would've liked here, and it's always challenging," McDonald said.
"But the way that he's applying himself in his downtime to really landing on a method to take on the Indian spinners, also the quicks, and to have a successful tour...I think you'll see him fully invigorated, fully invested and fully recharged for the challenge ahead."
The first test between Australia and India gets underway on February 9 in Nagpur.