Albany Creek’s Matt Renshaw Remains Positive Despite Ashes 2017 Drop

Albany Creek’s cricketer is not giving up on his dream of playing in the Ashes despite Australia’s decision to drop him for the Ashes 2017. He remains hopeful that he can produce a resounding second coming.

In one interview, he expresses his perseverance about starting again somewhere. He mulls about going back to the grade cricket for the week. He is also optimistic about his Shield game at the WACA next week. He looks forward to score runs in order to boost his confidence once again.

National Selector Trevor Hohns explains that they dropped Renshaw from the Ashes list because he was out of form. Hohns elaborates that they still regard the Albany Creek cricketer as a strong player. They think that the Ashes Test match was not the best place for Renshaw to get back to form. He adds that national selectors want to see Renshaw return to first-class cricket and bring back the big runs.

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There had been talks about Renshaw’s disappointing performance in three Sheffield Shield games in the weeks before the selection. Days prior to the announcement, Mark Waugh was in fact optimistic that Renshaw’s impressive record for Australia would still lead him on his way to the Ashes 2017. The 21-year-old batsman also had the support of his Test Teammates.

The final line-up for the Australian squad for the Ashes 2017 includes Tim Paine who had been absent from test cricket for seven years; Cameron Bancroft, Shaun Marsh, Chadd Sayers, Steve Smith, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, and Jackson Bird.

Elsewhere, cricket followers have been disappointed with Australia’s decision to drop Renshaw. They have taken their grievances on Twitter.

One Renshaw follower chooses to be sarcastic:

Others disguise their disappointment with humour.

Many are simply blaming the selectors.

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

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.

Second Test in Chittagong
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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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