Renshaw is prepared to take on the likes of Ashwin in India.
- If given the chance to bat for Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Test series next month, Australian batter Matt Renshaw is certain that he can handle the pressure of facing Ravichandran Ashwin. The 26-year-old batsman is not a first-choice starter, but he might see time in the middle order if Australia needs to bolster their batting in the event that all-rounder Cameron Green does not return to full fitness.
- This month, Renshaw made his comeback to Australia’s Test XI in Sydney for the New Year’s Test against South Africa, but his debut was marred by a positive Covid report on the first day of play. He played in all four of Australia’s Tests during their previous tour to India, reaching half centuries in Pune and Bengaluru and a 44 in Ranchi, but ultimately was cut from the team due to his inability to achieve a large score.
- Renshaw is well aware of the difficulty of facing Ashwin, the first bowler to ever take 200 wickets against left-hand hitters, and a master of the spin bowling art form. Intimidating as Ashwin is, he is not to be taken lightly. You get used to him after facing him a few times,” Renshaw told AAP. “He is a sharp bowler with a lot of variations and he utilises them really well.”
- Ashwin, like any offspinner in spinning conditions, poses a significant threat of leg before wicket to left-handed batters. While the one that spins around and catches you off guard at slip is the most well-known danger, the lbw that doesn’t spin is far more dangerous. You should be prepared for that one in particular.
- I was able to better handle spin because to my two years while batting fifth. I feel much more confident and competent in a variety of settings now that I am well-versed in my game. We have a good team, so it will be tough to break in, but I’ll be prepared to do so if the opportunity arises.
- Renshaw, who is presently playing in the Big Bash League, stated that he was preparing for the India challenge by having Mitchell Swepson, Matt Kuhnemann, and Marnus Labuschagne, the spinners for the Brisbane Heat, bowl at him with the SG ball. When asked about the differences between the SG ball and the red ball, Renshaw remarked, “We’re just trying to prepare as well as we can throughout this BBL schedule if we get a window to hit red balls.” Although the circumstances in India are unique, we’re doing everything we can to make the laboratory environment there as close as possible.
- We had intended to prepare with the [Australian] squad in Sydney if [the Heat] were eliminated, but we kept winning and are now in the finals. There will also be ample of time to prepare in India, given we have a week and a half before the first Test begins there.
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