Bulls coach remains confident in Renshaw
BULLS coach Wade Seccombe has appealed for Test selectors to show faith in opener Matt Renshaw despite his horror Ashes audition.
Renshaw failed in his last opportunity to impress with chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns in the grandstands at Allan Border Field yesterday, falling for 1 in Queensland’s second innings against NSW.
The 21- year- old feathered one down leg side and looked to the skies seemingly begging for some luck in the lead- up to next week’s Gabba Test.
Renshaw will not get another chance though and is banking on his performances throughout a promising 10Test career to see him retained as David Warner’s opening partner to face England when the team is named on Friday.
His 70 runs in six Shield innings this summer at 11.66 are far from appealing on paper while West Australian opener Cameron Bancroft has bolted into contention.
Bancroft racked up 228 not out in Perth yesterday on the back of an unbeaten 76 and 86 against NSW’s Test attack last week and is averaging 141.66 in the Shield this summer.
But Seccombe believes Renshaw is not out- of- form and warrants his spot at the top of Test order. “He’d be disappointed he hasn’t got the runs on the board but formwise he’s going okay,” he said.
“He’s batted really well and batted time which will be fantastic going into the first Test at the Gabba.
“He hasn’t got the runs on the board but he’s got the time on the board. I believe ( he deserves to keep his spot), absolutely.”
The Bulls were 5- 129 ( Marnus Labuschagne 56 not out) at the close of play with a lead of 41 runs and must bat long into today to give themselves a chance against a NSW side laden with Test talent.