Monty Panesar reckons that Matt Renshaw will have a good Indian tour

Matt Renshaw of Australia
Matt Renshaw of Australia celebrates his century during day one of the Third Test. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Matt Renshaw has all but cemented his place alongside David Warner in the opening slot for the Test scheme of things at least. However, Monty Panesar, Renshaw’s teammate in the Sheffield Shield competition is almost certain that the youngster will certainly make his mark on the tour of India.

Panesar, who was successful for England in their series win over India in 2012 also went on to state that he was impressed by the fact that someone like Renshaw was using his height to play the likes of the spinners, something that will clearly make things harder as far as the Indian tour is concerned.


“What impressed me about Matt Renshaw’s batting is he’s obviously 6’3, but he’s got a long stride and he can use that to his advantage,” Panesar told Fox Sports News 500. “Spinners, we don’t like guys who can come down the wicket and have a really long stride — it’s difficult for us.

“He can use that to his advantage and know how he can look to bat long periods of time by having good footwork and eliminating the angles. That was a good combination of batters batting long periods of time allowing the bowlers to come into play,” Panesar added.

Panesar added that one of the factors would be that the Australian batting would have to bat upwards of a hundred overs to have a chance of winning the matches. “One of the factors is going to be can the Australian batting line-up bat 120-150 overs in the first innings. That will allow the bowlers to be more attacking and come into play.”

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Panesar concluded with the applaud of the selection of Steve O’Keefe in the side. “Giving him options, how to bowl defensively and be effective,” Panesar said when asked what the secret was for O’Keefe. “But also when the wicket does start to turn, how he can play an attacking role and play with angles.”