Ren­shaw passes big test

Daily Mercury - - DIGEST SPORT - — Travis Meyn

CRICKET: Test opener Matt Ren­shaw is set to be spared the Ashes axe af­ter be­ing put through a 45-minute ex­am­i­na­tion against Aus­tralia’s all-star at­tack in Bris­bane.

Ren­shaw’s spot at the top of the or­der for next week’s Gabba Test has come un­der scru­tiny on the back of a poor start to the Sh­effield Shield sea­son.

The 21-year-old has scored just 70 runs for Queens­land in six in­nings at 11.66 and fell for 16 and one in the match against NSW at Al­lan Bor­der Field.

West Aus­tralia opener Cameron Ban­croft bolted into con­tention for a spot in Aus­tralia’s bat­ting or­der fol­low­ing his siz­zling start to the sum­mer.

He scored an un­beaten 228 for the War­riors in Perth, although he could only man­age 17 in the sec­ond in­nings.

But Ren­shaw got the strong­est in­di­ca­tion yet he will be re­tained for the se­ries opener when he was called into a train­ing ses­sion with Aus­tralia’s four fast bowlers.

Coach Dar­ren Lehmann ob­served the ses­sion and Ren­shaw, who also spoke with high-per­for­mance boss Pat Howard.

While the Bulls bat­ted against NSW, Ren­shaw was in the ad­ja­cent train­ing nets fac­ing Mitchell Starc, Pat Cum­mins, Josh Ha­zle­wood and Jack­son Bird, who have been at­tend­ing a fast bowlers’ camp.

The stoic opener looked de­fen­sively strong against one of the world’s best pace bowl­ing at­tacks dur­ing what was a thor­ough test.

His team­mates were not so for­tu­nate, los­ing to the Blues in­side three days.

The vis­i­tors lost four wick­ets in chas­ing down the 128 needed for the out­right win.

The na­tional se­lec­tors met in Bris­bane yes­ter­day to pick their team for the first Test be­fore an­nounc­ing it to­mor­row.

PHOTO: JONO SEARLE/AAP

NET PROFIT: Matt Ren­shaw bat­ting in the nets at the Al­lan Bor­der Field and (in­set) talk­ing with Aussie strike bowler Mitchell Starc.

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