Australia v England 2018: Matt Renshaw targets Test cricket return


MATT RENSHAW can vouch for the fact the best crowd catches often happen when the cameras are nowhere to be seen.

Like in club cricket for Toombul on the weekend, when Renshaw hit the ball high over the mid-wicket fence, and Queensland Bulls coach Wade Seccombe, aware that a group of children were in the area, nonchalantly moved in to take the catch.

Seccombe, had a beer in one hand and still managed to catch the ball with the other, proving his old catching skills as one of Queensland’s finest keepers had not been eroded by time.

“I did not realise at the time it was him who caught it — he has since told me he spilt too much of his beer for his liking,’’ Renshaw said..

“It looked a good catch from where I was standing in the middle.’’

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Renshaw helping out on the field at Toombul. Photo: AAP/ Ric Frearson

Renshaw had a good weekend. The six to Seccombe was one of many thunderous strokes he played in three Twenty20 innings for Toombul in which he scored 85, 107 and 77.

The cobweb-snapping innings come after a quiet month.

He is contracted to the Brisbane Heat but is yet to play for them, and with the Sheffield Shield in its Christmas hibernation there has been little chance to show his wares.

Club cricket is not state or Test standard, but Renshaw’s supporters are confident in time he will disprove the theory that he is primarily a batting anchorman.

He has studying the methods of T20s big-hitters to refine his own power play.

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It’s been a quiet summer for the 21-year-old. (AAP Image/Josh Woning)

“Obviously you don’t use all your gears in Test cricket because you try and bat all day,” he said.

“I get a lot of stick for not being able to score quickly. But when I play in T20, I know I can score quickly and I try and do it by playing proper cricket shots. It is not as if I am slogging all the time.

“I have been trying to keep my head as still as possible. I have noticed that all of the players who have been scoring runs in the T20 have been keeping their heads as still as possible and going from there. I put that in practice and the weekend and it worked quite well.’’


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Renshaw may have been dropped from the Test team this summer, but the selectors have never lost interest in him and on Thursday in Sydney he will captain a Cricket Australia XI against England in a 50-over match — perhaps locking horns with his old boyhood playmate, England captain Joe Root.

The duo’s fathers played together in Yorkshire but Matt would not expect Joe to be as generous to him as he was when they were playing in the outfield one afternoon after their fathers had finished.

“When I was playing in the outfield after a game my dad played in, I got out and started crying and I can remember him giving me another bat which was very kind of him,’’ said Renshaw, who is philosophical about his Test axing.

“Being 21 there is a lot time left in my cricket career. Hopefully I will be able to put that baggy green on again, but I am pretty proud to be able to say I have played 10 Tests by the age of 21. It is pretty humbling knowing that. They cannot take that away from me.’’

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