The Ashes 2017-18: Matt Renshaw ready for the Ashes banter

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The Ashes 2017-18: Matt Renshaw ready for the Ashes banter 

The Ashes 2017-18: Matt Renshaw ready for the Ashes banter
Matt Renshaw ready for the Ashes banter

The young left-handed top-order batsman Matt Renshaw expects that to be sledged by the England team and his childhood friend and England skipper Joe Root when he faces his native country for the first time later this year. Renshaw moved to Australia when he was 10-years-old and started living in Brisbane with his family. The young cricketer expressed that it will be a dream come true to be a part of the Magellan Ashes.

Renshaw, who played with Root when he was younger, said that the England skipper has plenty in his kitty to say when the ball gets rolling in the first Test in Gabba from November 23rd.

“I used to cry when I got out and he’s probably going to pull that one out maybe, I’m not sure “It’ll be interesting to see. I’ve got a few family friends coming out for the Ashes; it’d be nice to play in front of them. It’s probably a little more (special) playing against my birth country but it’d be great to beat them, wouldn’t it?” the southpaw said.

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When asked if he would like to catch up with his childhood friend Root in some social gatherings, Renshaw sarcastically said that:

Hopefully I can catch him a couple of times at first slip.” Acknowledging that Root is currently one of the best batsmen in the world, Renshaw said that they would like to get him out as early as possible. He further added that England team will also plan the same strategy with the Aussie skipper Steve Smith.

Expressing his desire to play all the three formats, Renshaw was awarded his first contract in Big Bash league by the Brisbane Heats. Renshaw seemed confident on balancing all the formats and continue to keep his patience while playing the longer format. Renshaw had a patchy start in the opener of JLT Sheffield Shield against Victoria as he managed to score only 33 runs in the two innings.

Talking about his current form, Renshaw seemed not too worried about it.

It’s not too bad. You obviously want to go on and score big runs but I had a fairly good time out in the middle in the first Shield game. I probably threw it away a couple of times there, so next time just try and bat all day. I haven’t spoken to selectors but obviously, everyone wants more runs before that first Test just to really confirm their place,” said the 21-year-old cricketer.

Renshaw, who dreams of feature Australia in all the formats wants to feature in some of the BBL matches in between his Ashes commitments and admitted that it would take some time to get adapted to the shorter formats having not played it before.

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