Renshaw fails in Ashes audition
MATT Renshaw has produced a horrible Ashes audition after being dismissed for one in his final chance to impress selectors before next week’s Test at the Gabba.
Renshaw was caught behind attempting to glide a Doug Bollinger delivery down leg side on the second day of Queensland’s Sheffield Shield clash against NSW at Allan Border Field.
The incumbent Test opener has had a poor Shield campaign, producing scores of 17, 16, 1, 19, 16 and 1 in the first three matches.
Chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns was in the grandstands to see Renshaw last only three balls in his second innings.
The 21-year-old was desperate for a big score to put to bed any doubt surrounding his spot at the top of the order for the Ashes opener against England, starting next Thursday.
The 10-Test rookie’s fate is now in the hands of selectors, who will convene tonight to choose their team for the Gabba Test.
Renshaw had been favoured to retain his opening berth alongside Dave Warner before the Shield season, but he has failed to reach 20 in six innings and is now under serious threat.
The emergence of West Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Cameron Bancroft has also clouded Renshaw’s spot.
Bancroft was unbeaten on 228 at lunch against South Australia in Perth, presenting a stunning case for a Test call-up with selector Greg Chappell watching on.
The team for the first Ashes Test will be announced in Brisbane on Friday morning.
POOR FORM: Queensland’s Matthew Renshaw reacts to getting out during day two of the JLT Sheffield Shield match.