Out-of-sorts Renshaw set to net Ashes berth

Matt Renshaw talks with fast bowler Mitchell Starc at Allan Border Field. Photo: AAP
Matt Renshaw talks with fast bowler Mitchell Starc at Allan Border Field. Photo: AAP

TEST opener Matt Renshaw is set to be spared the Ashes axe after being put through a 45-minute examination against Australia's all-star attack in Brisbane.

Renshaw's spot at the top of the order for next week's Gabba Test has come under scrutiny on the back of a poor start to the Sheffield Shield season.

The 21-year-old has scored just 70 runs for Queensland in six innings at 11.66 and fell for 16 and one in the current match against NSW at Allan Border Field.

But Renshaw got the strongest indication yet that he will be retained for the Gabba opener when he was called into a training session with Australia's four fast bowlers.

Australia coach Darren Lehmann observed the session and Renshaw also spoke with high performance boss Pat Howard.

While the Bulls batted against NSW, Renshaw was in the adjacent training nets facing Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Jackson Bird, who have been attending a fast bowlers' camp.

 

The stoic opener looked defensively strong against one of the world's best pace bowling attacks during what was a thorough test.

The national selectors will meet in Brisbane on Wednesday to pick their team for the first Test before announcing it on Friday.

West Australia opener Cameron Bancroft has bolted into contention for a spot in Australia's batting order following his sizzling start to the summer.


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