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IND vs AUS 2023 1st Test: Matt Renshaw Sent For Scan After Picking Up Knee Injury

Ahead of day 2 of the Nagpur Test, the Australian batter Matt Renshaw suffers an injury in knee during the warm-up and was sent for a scan.

Matt Renshaw Injures His Knee During Warm-up

As per Cricket Australia’s official report, Renshaw injured his knee during the warm-up before play on day Two. The southpaw left the Stadium on Friday morning to undergo scans for the issue.

Australia named Ashton Agar was named as the replacement fielder for Renshaw on day two.

“Matthew Renshaw’s rough return to India worsened after being sent for x-rays on his knee, putting his involvement in the first Test in Nagpur under a cloud.

“After being trapped lbw Ravindra Jadeja for a golden duck on the opening day of Australia’s four-Test tour, Renshaw hurt his knee in the warm-up before play on day two.”

“The 26-year-old left the VCA Stadium on Friday morning to undergo scans, with Ashton Agar taking his place on the field as India batted in their first innings,” read the statement on the website.

Ponting Backs Renshaw 

Renshaw had come into the team in place of Cameron Green, who is still recovering from a finger injury he had sustained in the boxing day Test against South Africa last year.

Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting

The decision by selectors to retain Renshaw in Australia’s XI and include right-hander Peter Handscomb ahead of the in-form Travis Head raised some eyebrows, but Australia great Ricky Ponting was not surprised by the choices made.

“The fact that they played Matt Renshaw in Sydney (in the last Test), to me meant that they had probably had other plans in mind for him,” Ponting said on The ICC Review.

“If they’re going to keep him in, they couldn’t really afford to keep Travis Head in either, because they would’ve had five left-handers in their top seven, which probably would’ve played into Ravi Ashwin’s hands. Ashwin loves, as we know, bowling to left-handers.”

Despite Renshaw’s failure with the bat, Ponting believes the left-hander should receive another chance to perform should he prove his fitness prior to the second Test in Delhi.

“I know the reason that the Australian selectors have picked Matt Renshaw is they believe he’s a very good player of spin bowling. I know he was out first ball today. I’ll forgive him of that”, Ponting said.

As far as the IND vs AUS 1st Test in concerned, Australia scored 177 for 10 wickets loss in their 1st inning while India scored 187 runs for 5 wickets and made a 10 runs lead.

Though India’s star players including Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and debutant Suryakumar Yadav failed to score, skipper Rohit Sharma stands tall and leads the team with his century.

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