SBS – Matt Renshaw still harbours hopes of heading to South Africa for the four-Test series in March, despite spending the past month in the cricketing wilderness.

Summary

  • Matt Renshaw still harbours hopes of heading to South Africa for the four-Test series in March, despite spending the past month in the cricketing wilderness.
  • Renshaw will captain a Cricket Australia XI against England at Sydney’s Drummoyne Oval on Thursday, in what will be his first game outside of grade cricket in more than a month due to the Big Bash.
  • With no Sheffield Shield cricket between now and the squad selection, Bancroft is expected to keep his place in the side for at least the start of the series after receiving the public backing of Steve Smith and Darren Lehmann.
  • Renshaw comes into Thursday’s game in a rich vein of form, after scoring 85, 107 and 77 in the Twenty20 matches for Toombul in Brisbane grade cricket last weekend.
  • Realistically, Renshaw’s best chance of an Australian recall will be if he can perform again on Thursday against England and then replace the injured Chris Lynn for the Heat before the selectors name the squad for South Africa.


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