Matt Renshaw signed up by Kent for 2019 season
"Matt is a young talent who is very hungry for success,"- Kent CEO.
Updated - Feb 9, 2019 3:49 pm
Australia opener Matt Renshaw has been signed up by Kent for the first week of the 2019 domestic season. The batsman will be available for two Championship fixtures and the whole of the One Day Cup. The 22-year-old Renshaw, who has played 11 Tests for the national team, will be of help to Kent who are already dealing with the loss of Joe Denly and Sam Billings, two senior players who will be away from Kent to play at the IPL.
Renshaw will play a game against Somerset – where he had a successful season in 2018 scoring 513 runs at 51.3 with three centuries- and then against Warwickshire, and then join the side for the 50-overs leg. This week, playing in the Big Bash League for Brisbane Heat, Renshaw made an unbeaten 90 in 50 deliveries against Adelaide Strikers, smacking four sixes in his knock.
“Matt is a young talent who is very hungry for success. He has the ability to strengthen our batting line-up, which will be key at the beginning of the season with both Sam and Joe away playing in the IPL. We look forward to welcoming Matt into the squad,” Kent Cricket CEO Paul Downton was quoted as saying in Cricbuzz.
Sporadic in the Australian team
Having been out of form in Sheffield Shield ahead of the 2017-18 Ashes, Renshaw was dropped and Cameron Bancroft was called in for the big series. But during the end of the summer season, Renshaw was drafted in for the final Test against South Africa in Johannesburg when Bancroft was suspended for ball-tampering. He also replaced Bancroft for the first six games of the 2018 county season.
He found his form there and retained his spot in the national team but when Aaron Finch returned, the young cricketer had to make space again. The Ashes begins on August 1, and Renshaw will be eager to make a comeback in the Australian side before that.