Australia opener Matt Renshaw will be hoping to put the words of wisdom he received from India batting legend Rahul Dravid into practice when his side takes on Pakistan in a two-Test series in the UAE.
The 22-year-old opening batsman made a promising start to his Test career after debuting in November 2016 but was subsequently dropped from the squad before the start of last year’s Ashes series following a poor run of form in Australia’s domestic competitions.
He was recalled to the squad temporarily in March this year for Australia’s fourth Test against South Africa at Johannesburg following the infamous ball-tampering episode.
The left-hander was part of the Australia ‘A’ squad which toured India recently and made full use of it by asking legend Dravid for advice at Bengaluru.
“I spoke to him a bit – my Dad has done a bit of work for his academy over there,” Renshaw told cricket.com.au in Dubai.
“I spoke to him a little bit over there and just took away some little things, little gems of wisdom.
“Someone who’s got (over) 11,000 … Test runs is someone you want to take as much from as possible. He was always really welcoming and very good with us talking to (me).
“I talk about my ping-pong game being a little bit like Rahul Dravid – I just try to get everything back. I’ll think about doing that in a Test match,” the youngster added.
Renshaw and Australia will take on Pakistan ‘A’ in a four-day practice match at the ICC Academy in Dubai starting on September 29. The Aussies’ first Test against Pakistan gets underway at the Dubai International Cricket stadium on October 7.
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