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Backyard rules pay off for Renshaw

02 December 2016

Renshaw anchored Australia's second innings in Adelaide // Getty

Test opener's patience instilled as a child and borne out on the biggest stage

Test opener Matt Renshaw returns to action with Queensland in the Sheffield Shield on Monday, after the 20-year-old impressed plenty – and drew criticism from others – due to his old-fashioned resilience at the crease.


Renshaw made scores of 10 and 34 not out to help Australia win the third Test in Adelaide, but it was the fact he soaked up 180 balls in doing so that divided opinion.

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Former opener Chris Rogers said the left-hander did exactly as he would've been asked by selectors, particularly in the second innings, when he played the sheet-anchor role in Australia's run chase as the likes of David Warner and Steve Smith scored more freely at the other end.

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Renshaw, whose father played club cricket with Joe Root's father in the north-east of England, attributes his patience in the middle to backyard cricket rules as a child.  

"It goes back to when I was really young, when we were playing in the backyard," he told Radio TAB in Brisbane.

"It was 'when you're out, you're out, you go to bed'.

"I got out first ball one night and I wasn't happy, so Dad gave me another chance.

"I think I batted for another two hours, so I was pretty late to bed that night."

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Bulls coach Phil Jaques has welcomed the return of his one-Test veteran, in addition to Usman Khawaja, as they look to continue climbing the ladder after two straight wins with a difficult day-night clash against Western Australia in Perth.

At this point it is unknown whether the Warriors will include Shaun Marsh, who continues to recover from a broken finger and looms as a potential threat to Renshaw's current hold on the Australian opener's spot alongside Warner.

Either way, Renshaw has done enough to convince Jaques the 20-year-old's Bulls' days might be numbered.

"He was very solid, very patient (in the Test match)," Jaques told AAP. "He waited for his opportunity and put the bad ball away," Jaques told AAP.

"We (Queensland) want to win, obviously, but we want to produce players for higher honours.

"I love watching Matt play for Australia.

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"And I know all the boys here have been cheering him on.

"It was good to see him get a few (in the second innings) – hopefully, there are a few more opportunities down the line."

Khawaja and Renshaw replace Sam Truloff and Charlie Hemphrey in the Bulls' squad.

Luke Feldman and fellow quick Mark Steketee have been included in a 13-man squad, with Ben Cutting overlooked.

"Ben's bowled the most overs he has bowled at the same point for the past three seasons," Bulls physio Martin Love said.

"And with another game quite close, and the long travel leg to Perth and back, it was thought prudent to give him additional recovery time."

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