‘Tur­tle’ shows guts to get ton

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SYD­NEY: Aus­tralian opener Matt Ren­shaw fin­ished the first day of his fourth Test un­beaten on 167 hav­ing se­cured his maiden cen­tury and learned a valu­able les­son about stick­ing to his own game.

The 20-year-old, whose in­nings helped Aus­tralia to a dom­i­nant 365/3 in the third Test against Pak­istan, was largely a spec­ta­tor in the morn­ing as his open­ing part­ner David Warner scored a 78-ball cen­tury in the first ses­sion.

“That first ses­sion was some­thing of a whirl­wind, Davy was just ab­so­lutely smok­ing them and I was on not many,” said Ren­shaw, who had notched up 25 runs by the lunch­break. “He keeps telling me I’m not go­ing to keep up with him and I didn’t try today.”

Warner’s cen­tury was the first in the open­ing ses­sion of a Test match on Aus­tralian soil but for his coun­try’s long-term crick­et­ing fu­ture, Ren­shaw’s ini­tially more cau­tious knock was per­haps more im­por­tant.

“You go into ev­ery game try­ing to do the best you can but I prob­a­bly wasn’t ex­pect­ing to get this score tonight,” he con­fessed.

He also showed no lit­tle courage to get back up after be­ing knocked to the ground by a nasty blow to his hel­met from a Mo­ham­mad Amir bouncer, an in­jury that re­quired an ex­am­i­na­tion by the team doc­tor un­der the new con­cus­sion pro­to­cols.

“He asked me if I was Okay and I said I was fine. I just wanted to be out there, I didn’t want to re­tire hurt on 91,” Ren­shaw said. “He asked me the score and who was the last per­son out and how it was, I got them pretty right. I was four runs off the score so not so bad.”

Ren­shaw has also clearly been on the re­ceiv­ing end of some good-na­tured teas­ing from the se­nior Test play­ers. Vice cap­tain Warner re­ferred to him al­most ex­clu­sively as “the young­ster” in his news con­fer­ence and sug­gested re­porters ask Ren­shaw why Nathan Lyon had nick­named him ‘tur­tle’.

“I was com­ing out of my shell a lit­tle bit the first week (in the Test squad) and then Dave Warner and Steve Smith came back and I didn’t say too much,” Ren­shaw ex­plained. “I’ve tried to embrace the tur­tle.” – Reuters

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