15/04/2024

Matt Renshaw can't wait to take on Ravi Ashwin once again. (Photo: Cricket Australia)

Left-hand batter Matt Renshaw is eager to get a call-up to the Australian test side but insists Ravi Ashwin will be the biggest challenge he will have to face in India.

Selected in the Australian squad to tour India, middle order batter Matt Renshaw is prepared to face Ravi Ashwin if he gets re-called to the starting team.

After being selected as Cameron Green’s replacement against South Africa, Renshaw is in prime form. The Brisbane Heat player has had a great Sheffield Shield season, having hscored 310 runs at an average of 51.66 in five games. This included a double century where he scored 200 runs, remaining not out.

Matt Renshaw spoke exclusively to the AAP about the difficulties he will face in India. Especially with the conditions and spinning pitches to play a large part in the test series. In particular, Indian maestro off-spinner Ravi Ashwin.

“Ashwin is difficult to face. He is a smart bowler with a lot of variations and he uses them very well, but you do get used to him once you’ve faced him for a while,” Renshaw said.

“I think the big challenge from Ashwin and any offspinner in spinning conditions to a left-hander is the lbw threat.”

Ravi Ashwin is the most difficult bowler the Australian batters will have to face when they head to India. With the bowling conditions in his favour, Ashwin is bound to cause headaches for the Aussies. In 2021, he became the first bowler in cricket history to take 200 wickets against left-hand batters.

Since his debut in 2011, Ashwin has been a mainstay in the line-up. During this period, he has taken 449 test wickets including 30 five-wicket hauls. The first choice to accompany him in the test matches is left-arm Ravindra Jadeja.

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Renshaw, who played as an opener last time Australia toured India in 2017 is hoping to get the chance to take on Ashwin once again. In the four tests he played over there, Ashwin would only get him out once.

Now in a different batting position he is more likely to face more overs from the spinner. Renshaw spoke about how he has improved his game against spin bowlers.

“I think two years batting at No. 5 helped me with facing spin. I know my game a lot better now and I am a lot more comfortable in different situations. We have a strong squad and it is going to be hard to push my way in, but I know that I will be ready if I do get a chance,” he said.

“I am feeling good with my cricket. I am just rolling with any punches and enjoying myself.”

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