Bulls coach re­mains con­fi­dent in Ren­shaw

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRAVIS MEYN

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.

Matt Ren­shaw of Aus­tralia.

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