Matt Renshaw to take a short break from cricket
Queensland and Australia opener Matthew Renshaw has decided to take a short break from cricket with an aim to freshen up after being dropped from Sheffield Shield game against Tasmania in Brisbane.
Renshaw, 23, was set to be named in the Cricket Australia XI to face the English Lions side in Hobart this weekend. Usman Khawaja will replace Renshaw in the Australia A clash with England Lions at the MCG starting on February 22.
Taking breaks from cricket has been a common phenomenon for Australian cricketers in recent times. Glenn Maxwell, Nic Maddinson and Will Pucovski all took leave from the game with mental health issues this summer. But in a statement Queensland officials stated the aforementioned ground is not an issue for Renshaw, the later is more of a case of an extra pressure and he needs to “freshen up”.
“As part of our usual review process of player performance, our coaching and support staff spent time with Matthew this week and they all came to the conclusion that he would benefit from some time away from cricket,” Queensland official said.
“We’re confident Matthew will benefit from a break from the game to freshen up, and look forward to working with him once he is ready to resume playing,”
Making his debut at the age of 20, Renshaw so far played 11 Test matches, his best figure is 184. Renshaw played 34 first class matches for Queensland and Kent averaging 21.68.