Renshaw has decided to step away from cricket for a short while to recharge after facing the axe from the Queensland Sheffield Shield squad. The left-hander has had a century draught – going without one for 28 innings.
Renshaw was likely to be named in the Cricket Australia XI to face England Lions but decided to take a break from the game. Usman Khawaja will take Renshaw’s place in the Cricket Australia XI.
“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,” Bennett King, Queensland Cricket’s general manager of performance, told News Corp. “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.”
Renshaw has played 11 Tests so far, scoring 636 runs at an average of 33.47. His last Test, however, was in March 2018 – in South Africa – after he was called in because of the ball-tampering saga. He scored 348 in the ninth edition of the Big Bash League at a strike rate of 148.84.