Does Matt Renshaw need to be dropped for Brisbane?

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    Australian opener Matt Renshaw’s form is going from bad to worse across the opening rounds of the Sheffield Shield and it’s getting to the point where the selectors could be searching for a replacement.

    Despite a lack of runs in India and Bangladesh over the winter, his spot still seemed reasonably secure with three rounds of the Shield to play.

    The real question was whether any other openers were going to mount a case and put Renshaw under pressure, but even if that’s not the case – and it’s not – Renshaw is facing a nervous wait to Test selection.

    He has now had four failures in a row and yesterday could have been the most painful of the lot as Jack Bird, Gabe Bell, Tom Bell and Sam Rainbird challenged him time and time again.

    After three failures to start the season, Renshaw needed runs and with Queensland chasing just 158 runs for victory against Tasmania, it was the perfect opportunity. Credit to Renshaw, he tried to see it out, even if he was batting awfully. Time in the middle when you’re out of form can work wonders, but the incumbent Australian never got going, eventually getting out for a messy 19 off 109 balls.

    There were also two boundaries in that knock, meaning he scored just 11 off the remaining 107 balls. That’s 96 dot balls, also known as totally unacceptable and has to be, at the very least, worrying to the selectors.

    Now, given Renshaw’s form in Australia last summer, it has to count for something and I don’t necessarily want to number his cards as not to be selected at this stage, but even the most optimistic of Renshaw fans must see he is walking on thin ice at the moment.

    His saving grace may be that no one else has yet put their hands up for selection. Shaun Marsh made a half-century in the opening round, but none of the others who are likely to be selected have made a real fist of it.

    One of the interesting bolter-type possibilities is Cameron Bancroft. It’s highly unlikely he will open the batting for Australia, with a more likely selection at No.7 as wicket-keeper, and that’s if the selectors see anything in him.

    Matt Renshaw bats during a test match against India

    (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

    Bolter would be a loose term, given his name has barely been mentioned before he made a spirited 76 not out, carrying his bat against a firey New South Wales attack. That Blues attack carries Mitchell Starc, Patrick Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon, who will all be wearing the baggy green on November 23.

    While his more experienced teammates including Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh and Hilton Cartwright fell around him yesterday and into this morning, Bancroft was a rock for Western Australia.

    An option could be to promote Usman Khawaja back to the top of the order. While he hasn’t scored many runs this round, he secured his spot at first drop in the first round with a tough century at the Gabba against the pink ball.

    Even though Khawaja appeared to solve Australia’s long-term woes at No.3 last summer, he has opened previously.

    The question that must be answered by the selectors is whether Renshaw holds his spot. If the answer is no, then the possible options seem short, and moving Khawaja back to the top may seem left-field, but it might open the way for Peter Handscomb or Steve Smith to be promoted to three.

    That would open up another middle order spot, at which point, even if only playing as a batsman, Bancroft becomes a real possibility.

    That could be pie-in-the-sky stuff as well. There’s no doubting the problems Australia have faced at three, and in home conditions, Khawaja seems (and has a track record) like a man who can be relied on to produce huge amounts of runs.

    While Renshaw’s form is the main talking point to come out of yesterday’s action, we have to keep an eye on the battle for No.6 which stepped up another gear yesterday with another bolter stepping up to the plate.

    Jake Lehmann, son of Australian coach Darren Lehmann has had a superb couple of days. He backed up a first-innings century with 93 at a fair clip against the Victorians in the second and now must be in the discussion for No.6.

    As unlikely as it seems, the form of the other challengers for No.6 is begging for someone to stand up. Glenn Maxwell, Hilton Cartwright and Shaun Marsh have all scored a single half-century so far, while Mitchell Marsh isn’t bowling and hasn’t gone past 50.

    Moises Henriques form is currently not looking like it will keep him in the New South Wales team, let alone in the discussion for Australia and Daniel Hughes is as left-field as they come without the runs to back him up and finding any other challengers seems to be like looking for a needle in a haystack.

    It could be another reason Bancroft is considered. He would seem as much of an outside chance as Lehmann, but with Australia rarely using a fifth bowler anyway, one of them could well be included somewhere in the side. In saying that you’d think Bancroft needs to score runs in the second innings for the Warriors today should the weather allow that to happen.

    The other key positional battle is that of the wicket-keeper. Apart from the bolting of Bancroft, we learnt little with Alex Carey the only one to step to the crease of the contenders.

    He got to stumps on eight not out and will have a limited opportunity today to do anything other than try to score quick runs, which can also be said for Peter Nevill who isn’t even at the crease yet.

    It’s been said before and we can say it again – someone must score runs to replace Matthew Wade, and as yet, that hasn’t happened.

    In other scores for the Ashes team, David Warner had his second failure of the match after a strong first round against the pink ball, Steve Smith continues to work his way out of a form rut by going to stumps on 74 not out. In Hobart, Usman Khawaja guied Queensland to victory with 28 not out.

    Steve Smith scores his second Ashes hundred

    AFP PHOTO / GREG WOOD

    Both Mitchell Starc (4/56) and Josh Hazlewood (3/24) were amongst the wickets at Hurstville while Pat Cummins also picked up two in a strong spell of bowling, with Nathan Lyon bowled consistently despite not having much luck.

    The final day of the second round begins today from 10am (AEDT) with only two matches left for completion in Melbourne and Hurstville.

    Scott Pryde
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    • November 7th 2017 @ 7:05am
      Nudge said | November 7th 2017 @ 7:05am | ! Report

      No way I’d be dropping Renshaw. Rarely gets out in the first 20 overs. Deserves the first 2 tests minimum, and I’d be surprised if he doesn’t score runs in those tests

      • Roar Guru

        November 7th 2017 @ 8:49am
        Scott Pryde said | November 7th 2017 @ 8:49am | ! Report

        Morning Nudge,

        I reckon he will be there, and in fact, he’s still in my top XI mainly due to a lack of challengers for the spot. When you are drawing the bow that well yeah maybe the best option is to move Khawaja up a spot, it probably shows a lack of depth in the opening position.

        His form doesn’t suggest he is going to score runs though. If he is struggling against Tasmania while Joe Burns is peeling off 70 at the other end, I have major problems with his formline. England are going to rip him to shreds.

        • November 7th 2017 @ 10:54am
          JoC said | November 7th 2017 @ 10:54am | ! Report

          I wouldn’t move Khawaja from 3. Leaving him at three leaves us with a more stable batting line up. It means Smith can stay at 4, Handscombe at 5. Moving him to opener leaves holes in our middle order, with everyone moving up, there are big questions on our 5 and 6, and we know our 7 will be good for 5-10 runs. The English would be licking their chops.

          If Renshaw needs to go, then we pick our next best opener – maybe Burns comes back into the conversation.

          My XI (for what it’s worth) :
          Warner, Renshaw, Khawaja, Smith, Handscombe, Lehmann, Neville/Wade, Starc, Cummins, Lyon, Hazelwood.

          • November 7th 2017 @ 11:08am
            BurgyGreen said | November 7th 2017 @ 11:08am | ! Report

            Yeah opening with Khawaja wouldn’t be ideal. Smith would have no problem at 3 but is Handscomb a Test number 4 at the moment? I’m not sure he is. 5 seems ideal for him at the moment.

        • November 7th 2017 @ 11:49am
          John Erichsen said | November 7th 2017 @ 11:49am | ! Report

          Renshaw does need some runs but even in his struggling form, he bats time which is part of a test openers role. See the shine off the new ball, protecting the stroke players from the moving ball. Runs in the first hour of a test aren’t anywhere near as important as not losing wickets. In his four failures to start the shield season, Renshaw has faced 42, 70, 16 and 109 deliveries. Not scoring quicker runs, when the wickets have been bowler- friendly isn’t really the great sin you portray it to be, although a few more singles to rotate strike would ease some pressure. Renshaw should be safe for the Gabba test but he would love runs in game 3 against NSW at Allan Border Field. I don’t believe even our selectors would be silly enough to play Khawaja as opener, if though he has played there before and with some success. He is the classiest, first drop Austtralia has and selectors need to start respecting some of the specific requirements of the top four batting spots. Smith is best suited to four but will have success at three because he is a great player. Keeping Khawaja at three maximises the performances of both he and Smith, while allowing the inexperienced five and six a little more protection. I wouldn’t like to see Handscomb elevated to three at this stage of his career. He looks well suited to five or four at the highest but with an unsettled six or seven, i prefer him at five. In fact, this series against Anderson and Broad will the first real evidence at test level of how Handscomb performs when the ball is moving around. I expect he will do well, but number five is his for now.
          I know what you are saying about Wade’s position but the truth is that shouldn’t be the case. It should not take runs to have a poor keeper replaced by a superior glove man, especially when that poor keeper is batting poorly too. Nevill’s axing to make way for Wade has been the dumbest decision our selectors have made since elevating Mitch Marsh into the test team years before his first class performances warranted him even being looked at. The “Wade mistake” should be acknowledged by selectors and rectified immediately by recalling Nevill, or if going radical, selecting Carey or Bancroft.

        • Roar Guru

          November 7th 2017 @ 3:33pm
          JamesH said | November 7th 2017 @ 3:33pm | ! Report

          Well Scott, Shaun Marsh and Cam Bancroft are busy mounting an impressive challenge against Australia’s first choice bowlers in Sydney, who are being carted around like grade cricketers.

          In other news:
          Behrendorff went wicketless in the second dig against NSW
          Smith declared while Nevill was not out on 11
          Carey only made 20
          Maxwell bagged another 60 in a 100 run stand with Handscomb (and probably has a firm grip on the #6 spot now)
          Sayers hasn’t taken a wicket yet in the second dig (0/28 from 11).

          Amazingly, Wade could limp into the first test side. Bancroft might just be his biggest threat, depending on how highly the selectors rate his keeping.

      • November 7th 2017 @ 1:31pm
        Mike Dugg said | November 7th 2017 @ 1:31pm | ! Report

        That’s the same argument people had for keeping Ed Cowan in the side. Lol

    • November 7th 2017 @ 7:14am
      dangertroy said | November 7th 2017 @ 7:14am | ! Report

      Renshaw facing 100+ deliveries, that’s a essentially batting out the first session. With David Warner at the other end, the runs will be there. I agree that he needs to be rotating the strike and whatnot, but sticking it out is part of what openers are supposed to do. Playing a lot of balls, soaking up pressure whilst not scoring along isn’t sexy cricket and there will always be calls to drop players like that. Just ask Ed Cowan, who defines that type of play, but topped the shield runs list last year’s and people are howling he can’t get a game now.

      I’m really coming around to the idea of Lehmann at 6 and Bancroft keeping wicket. Would be a massive call to hand 2 debuts for the first test, especially given Bancroft’s lack of experience with the gloves. But it could be a good stop gap, it gives him an introduction to test cricket, and if he’s doing ok he could potentially replace Renshaw at the top of the order. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in the squad along with Wade, as it gives him 2 potential spots he could fill.

      • November 7th 2017 @ 7:40am
        Rob JM said | November 7th 2017 @ 7:40am | ! Report

        Lehmann is certainly coming along nicely but is still behind Cartwright and Maxwell in the pecking order. He Has probably pushed ahead of Patterson now. Considering its too early to say if Handscomb and #6 will hold their positions its great to have other players pushing for selection.

        • Roar Guru

          November 7th 2017 @ 8:38am
          Michael Keeffe said | November 7th 2017 @ 8:38am | ! Report

          Current form is important but one or two good scores in these shield rounds shouldn’t guarantee selection and neither should one or two failures discount an overall good record. With a fc average of over 50, and having made a half century just a match ago if Cartwright misses out because he was dismissed cheaply once against Josh Hazelwood then we’ve all lost the plot. Jake Lehmann is a good young kid who is a good chance of playing for Australia one day but it has to be Cartwright at 6 for the first test.

          • Roar Guru

            November 7th 2017 @ 8:50am
            Scott Pryde said | November 7th 2017 @ 8:50am | ! Report

            Definitely agree with what you’re saying Michael. Cartwright still in the drivers seat, but that position I feel is going to chop and change a bit this summer. If Lehman keeps his current form, it wouldn’t be a surprise for me to see him given a debut at some point during the summer.

            • November 7th 2017 @ 11:55am
              John Erichsen said | November 7th 2017 @ 11:55am | ! Report

              Maxwell’s test hundred should mean something but he is so unpredictable that he is easily ignored. He played a good innings yesterday and should be in the mix with Cartwright, maybe even slightly in front. After those two, Lehmann has a clear lead over any other batting contenders. More runs from Lehmann and failures from whoever bats at six early in the series should be the only way Jake gets a call up. However, a couple of innings at the right time seem all our selectors need to make a change.

            • November 7th 2017 @ 8:01pm
              jameswm said | November 7th 2017 @ 8:01pm | ! Report

              Cartwright just got a pair.

              Ouch.

        • Roar Guru

          November 7th 2017 @ 8:38am
          Michael Keeffe said | November 7th 2017 @ 8:38am | ! Report

          Current form is important but one or two good scores in these shield rounds shouldn’t guarantee selection and neither should one or two failures discount an overall good record. With a fc average of over 50, and having made a half century just a match ago if Cartwright misses out because he was dismissed cheaply once against Josh Hazelwood then we’ve all lost the plot. Jake Lehmann is a good young kid who is a good chance of playing for Australia one day but it has to be Cartwright at 6 for the first test.

      • Roar Guru

        November 7th 2017 @ 8:52am
        Scott Pryde said | November 7th 2017 @ 8:52am | ! Report

        Look, I get facing 100+ balls is not a bad thing, but getting bogged down like that – playing maiden after maiden – isn’t going to actually help Warner. He needs to be on strike to maintain the momentum he is able to build easily more often than not. Sitting down the other end isn’t helping anyone, and Renshaw must find a way to turn over the strike.

        • November 7th 2017 @ 9:20am
          spruce moose said | November 7th 2017 @ 9:20am | ! Report

          But Scott, he’s not needing to think about Warner in that innings! He needs to think about the match he was playing. The circumstances of the match he was batting in dictated entirely that he could play maiden after maiden.

          He wasn’t setting a 1st innings total for Australia, he wasn’t setting a 2nd innings target for Australia, he was playing for Queensland chasing a small total with nearly 2 days to chase it.

          He witnessed in that match 30 wickets fall in a bit over 2 days of cricket, and rightly determined that a patient, slow approach was the right thing to do.

          • Roar Guru

            November 7th 2017 @ 9:31am
            Scott Pryde said | November 7th 2017 @ 9:31am | ! Report

            No, you’re right – he’s not. And find my reply further down. I do agree with you, I just don’t accept the notion that he is in ANY sort of form whatsoever.

          • Roar Guru

            November 7th 2017 @ 9:58am
            Chris Kettlewell said | November 7th 2017 @ 9:58am | ! Report

            I have no problem with a patient, slow approach. But there’s a difference between a patient, slow approach and getting completely bogged down and becalmed. I fear that Renshaw seems almost like he only has two gears, either completely in his shell and blocking or fully attacking (I have seen him play aggressively too!). Here he needs to just slightly enhance the defensive part of the game. Look around the field, find places where he can just direct his defensive shot into a slight gap and scamper a single, or drop it and run. Things like that. Just pick up annoying singles that stop the bowlers being able to have six straight balls at you continually. Nothing wrong with blocking out a maiden here and there, but if you are blocking out maiden after maiden it can be a problem.

            • November 7th 2017 @ 11:05am
              spruce moose said | November 7th 2017 @ 11:05am | ! Report

              Hang on,

              We all agree he’s not in form yes? Yes.

              So you are expecting him to be able to perform the functions of someone in form at the moment? Odd. Everything you’ve written is indeed what he should be doing…but only if he’s in form.

              He’s not in form. If batting out maiden upon maiden helps him back into form, then so be it.

              • Roar Guru

                November 7th 2017 @ 12:02pm
                Chris Kettlewell said | November 7th 2017 @ 12:02pm | ! Report

                No it’s not. If he was in form he’d probably start cracking boundaries all over the place. Trying to find ways to just pick up some singles and get off strike is the exact thing to do when you are scratching around for some form.

              • November 7th 2017 @ 2:14pm
                spruce moose said | November 7th 2017 @ 2:14pm | ! Report

                Again, he just didn’t need to. The game dictated he didn’t need to Burns was hitting the runs. For all we know Renshaw went out there with the deliberate intent to just look at the balls.

                You are asking him to to find rhythm. Rhythm isn’t found. It’s either there or it isn’t. He can’t contrive it.

                But as Brett says, it’s interesting the perspective people view this – cricinfo made zero mention of any form issue and instead said he got the hit out he needed.

                “Trying to find ways to just pick up some singles and get off strike is the exact thing to do when you are scratching around for some form.” Conversely, cobbling singles and staying away from strike means you aren’t going to get form either.

                I like the approach he took. He chose to focus on time spent in the middle as more valuable than runs against his name. Hopefully this is the kick in confidence he needed to post a good score next game.

                Case in point – Matt Hayden’s century at the Oval in 2005 was a classic case of a man in bad form who knew he just needed to be in the middle and accumulate time and then runs. It took 50 balls for Hayden to make 9 runs, 100 balls to make 33, 137 balls for Hayden’s first 50, then 81 for his next 50. A very slow innings by Hayden standard, but just knew he needed to spend time out there.

              • November 7th 2017 @ 8:01pm
                TheCunningLinguistic said | November 7th 2017 @ 8:01pm | ! Report

                I’m with Chris & Scott here- he needs to score occasional singles. He gets way too bogged down. I don’t think for one second that batting out maiden after maiden will help him back into any sort of form.

        • November 7th 2017 @ 11:03am
          Brian said | November 7th 2017 @ 11:03am | ! Report

          It’s this mentality that has caused his form slump imo. He’s not a naturally attacking batsman, ordering him to go out and play a game alien to him is going to transform him into a different player. We want the batsman who was good enough a talent to warrant a baggy green in the first place, not a nick off merchant like Snic Maddinson or SMarsh.

        • November 7th 2017 @ 12:08pm
          John Erichsen said | November 7th 2017 @ 12:08pm | ! Report

          If you get it then you need to acknowledge the positives that exist and there are some. Chasing a small total on a pitch where there had been three completed innings in just over two days. What QLD needed was an opening stand to prevent the new ball ripping through the top order. Renshaw played a role in doing that an supporting Burns. He is not in good form, but has a method and approach that seems to allow him to survive longer than many out of form players. I think selectors will be worried if he fails against NSW in round three, but they went with the ‘youth’ option when they picked him and now they need to back him until he fails in home conditions.

    • November 7th 2017 @ 7:29am
      DLKN said | November 7th 2017 @ 7:29am | ! Report

      No, of course Renshaw must be retained. Youth with an old head on its shoulders is a rare commodity and must be persevered with. Not forever, but at least until it’s clear that he’s not the answer. Hasty discarding of talented young players in a form slump in decades past would have deprived us of Allan Border.

      Of course, after what certain influential people did to Ed Cowan, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Renshaw hastily dropped to shoe-horn in a tried and failed option like Maddison. Such is the extent of politics in national selections these days.

    • November 7th 2017 @ 7:35am
      Rob JM said | November 7th 2017 @ 7:35am | ! Report

      Choosing Bancroft actually helps Renshaw with selection, as greater batting depth means you can afford to carry a project players. Bancroft did keep in the one day tournament and normally keeps for the Perth Scorchers, so its not like he hasn’t been practising.
      I’d rather give Renshaw two matches and see if other candidates like Harris and Burns have made a proper case for selection.

      • November 11th 2017 @ 4:47am
        Dicky M said | November 11th 2017 @ 4:47am | ! Report

        Whiteman keeps for the Scorchers and WA.. Always has since both of them started in U17’s..Bancroft has only kept when Whiteman has been injured ..although it has to be said he’s a good keeper just not as good as Whiteman..

    • Columnist

      November 7th 2017 @ 8:02am
      Brett McKay said | November 7th 2017 @ 8:02am | ! Report

      “That’s 96 dot balls, also known as totally unacceptable…”

      If only all batsman out of form could still survive 16 overs on their own. If we’re going down the road of criticising a Test opener’s strike rate again, this is going to be a long summer…

      • Roar Guru

        November 7th 2017 @ 8:33am
        Michael Keeffe said | November 7th 2017 @ 8:33am | ! Report

        Spot on. I’d rather 19 runs off 109 balls than 19 runs off 25 balls. Especially when you have Warner, Khawaja & Smith who all score quite freely. He has to be picked for the first test.

      • Roar Guru

        November 7th 2017 @ 8:54am
        Scott Pryde said | November 7th 2017 @ 8:54am | ! Report

        Brett,

        I’m not here to knock a batsman for a low strike rate, even if that’s how it came across. I don’t really care if a batsman is striking at 30, but as long as they are rotating strike. Survival is all good and well, but if you’re barely managing to do it against a Tasmanian attack led by Jack Bird, how do you expect to do it against an English attack with James Anderson and Stuart Broad in it?

        I don’t think everyone needs to be aggressive, but Renshaw is totally out of form. 96 out of 109 balls being dots ruins the momentum of batsmen around him and is doing nothing to help the team for mine.

        • November 7th 2017 @ 9:16am
          ja ja klazo said | November 7th 2017 @ 9:16am | ! Report

          Did the Sharks disclose Jack Bird’s alternate career to Wayne and the Broncs?

        • Columnist

          November 7th 2017 @ 11:23am
          Brett McKay said | November 7th 2017 @ 11:23am | ! Report

          But it’s catch-22, isn’t it Scott. If he doesn’t get time in the middle, he can’t find rhythm within an innings and with it, the form that inevitably flows.

          I’d much rather he faced 100+ balls while struggling than only 20. At least that’s showing that he’s still able to bat time.

          As it stands, he was the first Qld wicket in their run-chase falling in the 36th over having put on 82 for the first wicket with Joe Burns. And he can’t have been bogged down too much, because Burns was 60* when Renshaw departed. Burns played out as many maiden overs as Renshaw did.

          Anyway, it’s funny how views vary. Here was CricInfo’s take within their match report: “Renshaw, who will be expected to soak up plenty of deliveries against England’s new-ball bowlers to smooth a path for stroke-makers at the other end, lasted 109 deliveries for his 19.”

          • Roar Guru

            November 7th 2017 @ 11:33am
            Rellum said | November 7th 2017 @ 11:33am | ! Report

            These attitudes to strike rates have only come on with white ball cricket and everybody telling us that 4 and 6’s are exciting. We have lost a bit of the appreciation and knowledge of the battle between bat and ball.

            The Tassie bowlers were getting to to swing all over the place, in and out at times. It was mostly out of the hand but still challenging to bat through and Renshaw won that battle in the context of the game. If he lost his wicket cheaply then QLD could have crumbled as we have done on many occasion before in the last few seasons.

            • Roar Guru

              November 7th 2017 @ 12:04pm
              Chris Kettlewell said | November 7th 2017 @ 12:04pm | ! Report

              Nah, I think 19 off 109 has always been considered extremely slow!

              • Roar Guru

                November 7th 2017 @ 12:14pm
                Rellum said | November 7th 2017 @ 12:14pm | ! Report

                Your are confusing slow with important/useful to the team.

                QLD won easily and Renshaw, given his team history play a solid part in that win.

          • November 7th 2017 @ 12:02pm
            spruce moose said | November 7th 2017 @ 12:02pm | ! Report

            Hear hear Brett.

          • Roar Guru

            November 7th 2017 @ 12:12pm
            Paul D said | November 7th 2017 @ 12:12pm | ! Report

            Absolutely agree Brett, I think it displays a lot of short term amnesia to be calling for Renshaw’s head after the last few summers of watching an endless succession of batsman perish trying to be too aggressive too early

            • Columnist

              November 7th 2017 @ 2:30pm
              Ronan O'Connell said | November 7th 2017 @ 2:30pm | ! Report

              Renshaw has averaged 15 with the bat across his past 13 first-class innings stretching back to March. I don’t think it’s unfair to be debating his place in the Test team.

      • Roar Rookie

        November 7th 2017 @ 9:18am
        josh said | November 7th 2017 @ 9:18am | ! Report

        As long he goes on with it. Facing 100 odd balls and only scoring 19, places a lot of scoring pressure on the other batsman.

    • Roar Guru

      November 7th 2017 @ 8:10am
      Chris Kettlewell said | November 7th 2017 @ 8:10am | ! Report

      It would be a pretty tough call to drop Renshaw at this stage, but I must admit that his form is definitely a worry. He’s batting more like a night watchman than an opener, his forward defense is good, but he can’t get off strike. He doesn’t need to score quickly, but he really needs to find a way to get a single and turn the strike over. If he can’t manage this against Victoria and Tasmania, he’s in for a tough initiation against England. I suspect the selectors will include him, but he really needs to find a way to score some runs. He doesn’t need to become a dasher, just turn the strike over and tick over the scoreboard a bit. Batsmen becoming completely becalmed is a major issue. It builds pressure, and actually helps the bowlers. Just find some ways to pick up singles and turn over the strike and keep everything else the same.

      • Roar Guru

        November 7th 2017 @ 8:55am
        Scott Pryde said | November 7th 2017 @ 8:55am | ! Report

        He’s batting more like a night watchman than an opener.

        Couldn’t have said it better myself Chris. The selectors will include him because of a lack of options, but he mightn’t last long if others find form.

      • November 7th 2017 @ 10:05am
        Chris Love said | November 7th 2017 @ 10:05am | ! Report

        Maybe they should bring Dizzy in as his battling coach. Just show him the highlights reel.

      • Roar Guru

        November 7th 2017 @ 1:21pm
        Red Kev said | November 7th 2017 @ 1:21pm | ! Report

        Do you guys have no appreciation for team play and constructing an innings? Bill Lawry said it best: an opener’s job is to still be in at lunch. it doesn’t matter if you’re 5 or 50 as long as you’re still there. Renshaw comes from the school of coaching that the first session belongs to the team, and his job is to not get out. It’s not a worry, it’s doing his job.
        (Note if you’re batting second then it’s an equivalent number of overs, let’s call it 25).

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