Australia opening batsman, Matt Renshaw shrugged off a blow to the helmet while fielding at short leg during Australia’s practice game against Pakistan A in Dubai. However, Aaron Finch stated the left-handed batsman was in good spirits.
The incident happened when Matt Renshaw tried to evade a shot played from the bowling of off-spinner Nathan Lyon. Australia requested to have him replaced on the field with Marnus Labuschange and Pakistan A readily agreed. Hence, Renshaw didn’t field for the rest of the day.
As per reports, the southpaw is recovering well after getting hit on the helmet. Aaron Finch revealed it was a heavy blow, but Renshaw has been with the medical staff.
“He’s okay, obviously a pretty heavy knock. He’s been with the medical staff all afternoon, but he seems in really good spirits, and they’re confident that his headaches and things like that are subsiding pretty quickly,” Aaron Finch said.
The blow in the head prevented Matt Renshaw from getting a knock. However, the three other Australian batters Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh and Mitchell Marsh scored impressive half-centuries to make good use of the warm-up fixture. Finch got dismissed after making 54 while the Marsh brothers are nearing their century. At Lunch, Mitchell Marsh was just one short of a century while Shaun was batting on 84.
For Aaron Finch, it was the first time he was wearing the Australian whites. However, it wasn’t in a Test match. He displayed signs of having to be in the fold in the longest format for a long time. Finch further stated the key was playing his natural game. However, he agreed he has to make some adjustments as per the conditions.
“Batting was nice to get away after training for best part of the week and doing the hard yards,” he said after batting 91 balls in the Dubai heat. “It’s about playing my natural game, which is quite aggressive. I think trying to put pressure back on the opposition. In this kind of conditions, if you’re going nowhere and the scoreboard stands still for a long time, you could be a sitting duck.
“It’s still about playing my natural game and temper that slightly with the conditions and with the wicket. So I think it’s important we keep playing the conditions as well as we can.”
Meanwhile, Nathan Lyon was quite exceptional with the ball in hand, bagging eight wickets for 103 runs. Finch stated the pace at which Lyon bowled was impressive.
“Nathan Lyon with eight wickets was outstanding. The way he bowled yesterday on a wicket that had a little bit of turn on day one was outstanding, and eight wickets is a brilliant performance. The shape that he bowled and the pace that he bowled was really impressive,” said Finch.