Knocking on the Australian Test door

 

​​Leading the next generation of future Australian Test cricketers is BGS Old Boy '13 Matt Renshaw. This year Renshaw was selected in the Australia A team, off the back of an incredible 2015/16 season for Queensland.

The 20-year-old left-handed opening batsman, known as 'The Cricketer' during his time at BGS, struck 170 runs in December 2015 to become the youngest ever Sheffield Shield centurion for Queensland.

It wasn't a one-off, as the runs kept coming all season, leading to him being named equal second best Sheffield Shield Players of the Year for 2016. Coincidentally, the man he shared the prize with was a fellow BGS Old Boy '05 Ben Dunk, who had a standout year for Tasmania.

Renshaw's run-scoring exploits captured the attention of national selectors, named in Cricket Australia's National Performance Squad early this year, ahead of being selected in the Australia A team for a series of four-day and 50-over matches against South Africa A and India A.

His batting style has drawn comparisons to Australian great Matthew Hayden, while his temperament and ability to concentrate for long periods of time breaks the mould of young players more suited to Twenty20 cricket.

With Australia's Test top order still not set in stone, Renshaw will aim to continue to mount his case for selection during the upcoming 2016/17 cricket season.​