Matt Renshaw embraces Test recall bid ahead of Australia home tour

Matt Renshaw
Matt Renshaw (image: CA)

The 27-year-old batter Matthew Thomas Renshaw gets a call-up for the test match against Pakistan on Australia’s home tour.

Matt Renshaw embraces Test recall bid 

With Australia scheduled to play in a three-match Test series against Pakistan starting in December, Prime Minister Xl and Pakistan will be playing in a four-day warmup match between December 06 and 10.

On this occasion, 27-year-old Matt Renshaw was recalled for the Prime Minister warm-up match against Pakistan in Australia’s home tour.

Opening batter Matt Renshaw knows he has the technique and ability to succeed in Test cricket for Australia, but it is the work he’s done on his mindset that has him ready to embrace a recall.

He used to play for Prime Minister Xl on Wednesday against Pakistan in Canberra in a four-day game that has been tagged a virtual selection trial to replace David Warner when he retires after the third Test against the same opposition.

After being in and out of Australia’s side in a 14-Test career across seven years, Renshaw has learned to handle to rollercoaster of professional cricket.

“It is about communicating,” he told media. “When I was struggling I would keep it all locked into myself but at the moment I am trying to be open with my feelings and the way I am thinking with people close around me.

“Everyone at this level has pretty similar abilities. It is how you work out the mental stuff that is the biggest challenge.

“You look at all the guys at the top level of their sports and they have a better mindset and way of dealing with failure than others.”

“There is the technique stuff that I continue to work on but I have tried to work on my mindset away from cricket and my mindset while I am batting.

“I work with some people away from cricket that know me well. It has been a long process trying to work on that. I just see it as another game of cricket,” he said.

“I know it is the job of the media to talk about selections but I get to play with 10 cricketers who I will hopefully get to know better, and hopefully get a win with. That is our job.”

As for the possibility, put forward by coach Andrew McDonald, that Marnus Labuschagne might be moved up from No.3 to open post-Warner, Renshaw was pragmatic.

“Whatever the Australian selectors think is best is what will happen and me saying anything is not going to change anyone’s opinions. Whoever deserves the job will get the job,” he said.

“People decide how your form is based on your runs but I feel like I am batting as well as I have and that my game is tracking well. That is all I can control,” he said.

Prime Ministers Xl and Pakistan will be playing in a warmup match starting on December 06 at Manuka Oval, Canberra.