No more blues for on-song Renshaw
Axed Test opener Matt Renshaw says having a song constantly pumping in his head has been the key to his spectacular resurrection from a prolonged form slump.
Dumped from the Australian side for West Australian Cameron Bancroft ahead of the recently completed Magellan Ashes series win, Renshaw subsequently endured a long run of outs at JLT Sheffield Shield level.
But back-to-back first-innings tons (170 against Victoria last week, 112 against South Australia on Sunday) boosted the tall Queenslander’s season average from a dismal 21.64 to a serviceable 37.14 in the space of a fortnight.
Renshaw will be doing his best to maintain the mental rhythm moving forward.
“One thing I’ve been doing is having a song stuck in my head,” he said.
“I didn’t really do that in the first half of the season.
“I try to listen to music and relax while I’m out there and not think too much about batting.”
Renshaw’s song of choice during his cracking ton against South Australia at Adelaide Oval?
Redbone, by American rapper and singer Childish Gambino.
“It’s something I used to do but I forgot about in the first half of the season,” he said.
“I’ve tried to bring it back.
“If I start thinking too much about my batting, I just bring that song back in my head.
“The bowlers are tough but the toughest part of cricket is in your own head.”
A self-confessed cricket tragic, Renshaw will be tuning in to watch Australia’s upcoming four-Test series against South Africa but hasn’t considered the possibility of being next in line for a call-up should a top-order opportunity present.
“I’m quite a cricket nuff so obviously I’ll be watching,” he said.
“It’s tough to tour overseas but hopefully they can win over there.
“I haven’t thought about that (international recall), my focus is on playing well for Queensland.
“We’re a young group who have never won a Shield, that’s what I’m focused on.
“We’re really close to doing something pretty special here.”
Qantas tour of South Africa
South Africa squad: Faf du Plessis (c), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Theunis de Bruyn, AB de Villiers, Dean Elgar, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Morne Morkel, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada.
Australia squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Cameron Bancroft, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Jon Holland, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine, Jhye Richardson, Chadd Sayers, Mitchell Starc.
Warm-up match: Australia beat South Africa A by five wickets. Report, highlights
First Test Kingsmead, Durban, March 1-5
Second Test St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth, March 9-13
Third Test Newlands, Cape Town, March 22-26
Fourth Test Wanderers, Johannesburg, March 30-April 3