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Matt Renshaw takes on pace quartet as hopes of an Ashes reprieve rise

15 November 2017 2:16 AM
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The selection plot around incumbent Test opener Matt Renshaw took another turn on Wednesday morning, with the left-hander taking to the nets to face the full force of Australia's pace attack ahead of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane next week.

With rival Cameron Bancroft thumping out a double-ton for Western Australia to smash down the selection door, Renshaw's spot in the side looked exceedingly shaky after making just 70 runs across six Sheffield Shield innings' this season.

But having already been dismissed in Queensland's clash against NSW at Allan Border Field, Renshaw suited up to face the most searching of 45-minute sessions from Pat Cummins, Jackson Bird, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood.

Prior to that, Renshaw spoke with Cricket Australia's high performance boss Pat Howard, while national coach Darren Lehmann was in close attendance, warming him up with some throwdowns before watching the the remainder of the net session.

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