Albany Creek’s Matt Renshaw Still on Track for Cricket’s Ashes 2017

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Albany Creek cricketer Matthew Renshaw remains on track to grab a spot for the Ashes 2017 line-up. Doubts about him being selected are emerging due to a disappointing performance this Sheffield Shield season. He has still yet to pass 20 after being dismissed by Trent Copeland for 16, 38 balls, in Queensland’s game against NSW at Allan Border Field in Brisbane.

Elsewhere, there are talks that pressure is mounting for the left-handed batsman to start delivering ahead of the Ashes 2017. Selector Mark Waugh has actually admitted that people will keep talking about Renshaw’s failure to score runs and the youngster’s response to this will test his character.

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Waugh, nevertheless, remains optimistic that Renshaw’s impressive record for Australia will still lead him on his way to the Ashes 2017. He adds that cricketers will not score all the time and Renshaw’s performance this Sheffield Shield season may just be one of such. He believes that Renshaw’s track record will provide a strong boost for him to make it to the line-up. After all, he would not become the first Australian cricketer to score 500 Test runs before turning 21 years old if he does not have what it takes. Furthermore, he has been the only one who scored the most number of Test runs prior to the age of 21 across Australia.

The international spotlight was cast upon the former member of the Albany Creek Cricket Club in November 2016, when he was added to Australia’s Test squad even prior to his third Test against South Africa. On 24th of November in 2016, he already made his Test debut as an opening batsman. By January of 2017, he has scored his first Test century at 184 against Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket ground, hence becoming the 133rd Test centurion for Australia.

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Renshaw, on his part, sees to it that fans will not be disappointed. He has always been working hard to maintain his endurance for each of his games. Neighbours regularly catch him training with his father, Dr Ian Renshaw. The father-and-son tandem is always seen with a container full of balls, training on the artificial strip at the Brendale sports complex, which is just a short walk from their Albany Creek home.

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