As far as juggling acts go, Matt Renshaw’s current effort will take some beating.
- Matt Renshaw has been juggling Big Bash duties with Brisbane Heat and preperations for Australia’s tour to India
- Renshaw has been in fine touch for the Heat and smashed an unbeaten 90 against Melbourne Stars last week
- The 26-year old also made a return to the Test squad in Australia’s win over South Africa at the SCG earlier this month
The 26-year old is trying to ensure the Brisbane Heat keep their Big Bash season alive ahead of Sunday night’s elimination match against the Melbourne Renegades.
At the same time, Renshaw also keeping an eye on Australia’s upcoming tour of India.
Swapping between the white ball and the red ball is a delicate balancing act, but Renshaw is doing his best to walk that particular tightrope.
“It’s a tough one, that’s the hardest part — we want to prepare to go to India and win, because it’s such an important series for us as a team — but we also want to play as much cricket as we can,” Renshaw told ABC Sport.
“For me, I don’t know how much cricket I’m going to play in India, so it’s probably trying to make the most of playing cricket over here and being ready. I’ve always said, with batting, that if you’re hitting them well, any colour of ball, you’re going well.
“So I just want to keep my game on tech and then we’ll have a week over in India to prepare for the Test series, where we can fine-tune our skills with the red ball.”
Renshaw has been in good touch for the Heat: He smashed an unbeaten 90 earlier this month against the Stars, which included hitting the winning boundary on the final ball of the innings.
His long-awaited Test return against South Africa at the SCG turned out to be something of a damp squib as the Queenslander faced just 11 balls.
However, Renshaw shapes as a crucial squad member for the tour to India, due to his versatility as a batsman.
His efforts on the subcontinent back in 2016 were among the highlights of his nascent Test career and Renshaw says he’s a more complete batter this time around.
“I feel like it’s in a better space than it was last time. Last time, I was 20 years old, never been to the subcontinent, I was just experiencing what everything was,” Renshaw said.
“I made some changes that looked terrible at the time but it was just trying to work out what way worked for me then.
“But I feel a lot more confident in my game now to stay true. I know what I’m doing a lot better.
“It’s a little bit on the technical side but, mainly, the mental side. Batting over there, you need to work out if the pitch is going to be a dicey Bunsen burner or a big one where you need to score a lot of runs.
“The reverse swing is a big part of it. The last series in India, I wasn’t too focused on that. It was more [on] spin bowling.”
However, before India, the Renegades await. With Renshaw’s fellow Test batters, Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne, in fine touch, the Heat will feel confident about their chances in Sunday’s showdown at Docklands.
Renshaw credits his stint with the Test side in Sydney as the catalyst for his recent purple patch.
“I’ve really enjoyed it. Before the Sydney Test, I was struggling a little bit with my batting in Twenty20 cricket. I felt like I wasn’t hitting it that well.
“But I had a break from the T20 stuff then I came back, and I feel reinvigorated with my game. There’s a lot more pressure off me.
“I’m going out there and enjoying myself, that’s the key.”