Matt Renshaw survives net session against Aussie quicks

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    First came line and length – then fire and brimstone.

    Out-of-sorts Test opener Matt Renshaw has survived a net session from hell in Brisbane, facing all four Australian quicks in a strong indication he will be retained for next week’s Ashes opener.

    The Queensland left-hander might be short on runs but he stood tall in on Wednesday’s hour-long session at Allan Border Field, observed by national coach and selector Darren Lehmann.

    First, Renshaw endured the nagging accuracy of Josh Hazlewood and Jackson Bird.

    Then came the real test.

    Speedsters Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins unleashed in the nets, peppering Renshaw with short balls in a harrowing stint.

    A smiling Starc could be seen putting his arm around a drained Renshaw to congratulate the battling Bulls’ opener after the searching session.

    Renshaw also chatted with Cricket Australia high performance manager Pat Howard at the nets in a sign he might still be retained for the Ashes opener starting on November 23 at the Gabba.

    All four quicks were looking for a victim after holding back in Monday’s session when they were forced to take turns bowling at each other in the Brisbane nets.

    The quartet have been rested from Sheffield Shield action this week and are training in Brisbane ahead of the first Ashes Test.

    Queensland development players Angus Lovell and Nathan McSweeney – both 18 – also drew the short straw on Wednesday to face the fired up Test quicks.

    “At one stage, I thought I was going to die,” McSweeney said.

    Renshaw needed to do something to regain some touch after a double failure in Queensland’s Shield clash with NSW, metres away at Allan Border Field, left him with just 70 first-class runs this season at 11.66.

    Pressure looks set to mount on Renshaw ahead of the Ashes with ex-Test opener Chris Rogers saying he won’t be surprised if the Queensland is dropped.

    But Bulls coach Wade Seccombe said Renshaw was in a good place before the Ashes Test team is named on Friday.

    “It’s probably hard for him to stay away from it (Test speculation) – it will be a testament to his character to how he responds to it,” he said.

    “(But) he is very positive around the dressing room.

    “He’s loud, he’s young and boisterous and that hasn’t changed in the good or bad times.

    “I am really comfortable with where he is at in his behaviour.”

    It is believed selectors will show faith in Renshaw for the Ashes opener with in-form Western Australian Cameron Bancroft a chance to make his Test debut at No.6 at the Gabba.

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    The Crowd Says (8)

    • November 15th 2017 @ 3:06pm
      Jameswm said | November 15th 2017 @ 3:06pm | ! Report

      If Renshaw stays in it increases the chances of Bancroft playing as keeper

    • November 15th 2017 @ 3:16pm
      Mike Dugg said | November 15th 2017 @ 3:16pm | ! Report

      Bancroft has to be the keeper. Either Renshaw or Ussie opens

    • Roar Rookie

      November 15th 2017 @ 9:08pm
      Dogs Boddy said | November 15th 2017 @ 9:08pm | ! Report

      Bancroft 6 with Neville/Wade keeping.

      The selectors won’t take too many risks with the Ashes.

    • November 16th 2017 @ 11:54am
      dan ced said | November 16th 2017 @ 11:54am | ! Report

      Dumb.

      Bancroft in for Renshaw or they aren’t serious about competing in the Ashes.

      Carey as keeper. Stick with Maxwell for 1 or 2 tests then replace him with Cartwright/Lehmann/Ferguson/Hughes if he fails. Sayers in the squad, most likely to debut in Adelaide.

      • Roar Rookie

        November 16th 2017 @ 2:15pm
        Dogs Boddy said | November 16th 2017 @ 2:15pm | ! Report

        So keeping Renshaw is dumb but you’re ok with giving Maxwell a run with the view to dropping him if he fails. Why doesn’t Renshaw get that opportunity as well then??

        • November 16th 2017 @ 3:52pm
          dan ced said | November 16th 2017 @ 3:52pm | ! Report

          I think Renshaw’s shield form has been absolutely putrid, where as Maxwell’s hasn’t. He can bat, but it’s his temprament that may be a risk, so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt backed up by his domestic form.

    • November 16th 2017 @ 8:56pm
      John Erichsen said | November 16th 2017 @ 8:56pm | ! Report

      Even this headline speaks volumes regarding Renshaw’s lack of form this summer to date. Not dying in a net session shouldn’t a praise-worthy event.

    • Roar Guru

      November 16th 2017 @ 9:08pm
      Rellum said | November 16th 2017 @ 9:08pm | ! Report

      All four quicks were looking for a victim after holding back in Monday’s session when they were forced to take turns bowling at each other in the Brisbane nets.

      That statement alone says a lot about the state of the professional set up in the national team at the moment.

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