Ren­shaw fails in Ashes au­di­tion

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - SPORT -

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.

PHOTO: JONO SEARLE

POOR FORM: Queens­land’s Matthew Ren­shaw re­acts to get­ting out during day two of the JLT Sh­effield Shield match.

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