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Matt Renshaw decides to take a short break from cricket
Australia News

Matt Renshaw decides to take a short break from cricket

Matt Renshaw has opted to take a break from cricket for a short while after being dropped from Queensland's squad for the Sheffield Shield.

The left-handed opening batsman has endured a torrid run in the domestic circuit, managing to amass just 182 runs in his last 10 innings for Queensland.

His century drought has stretched to 31 Sheffield Shield innings with his last three-figure score in the competition coming in March 2018 against Western Australia.

He finished the recently concluded Big Bash League as Brisbane Heat's second-leading run-getter but made 26 in a 117-ball struggle at the crease during the encounter between Queensland's 2nd XI and Western Australia last week.

The 23-year-old has made 11 Test appearances for Australia thus far and has fallen out of the selection radar with the emergence of David Warner and Joe Burns as the national side's first-choice openers.

Renshaw was likely to be part of Cricket Australia XI in their clash against England Lions but has withdrawn himself from the contest starting Saturday.

"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 Cricket's general manager of performance Bennett King was quoted as saying by 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's red-ball career has never quite fulfilled the hype as he averages a middling 34.70 across 61 first-class appearances.

The lanky batter was expected to feature in Australia's Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in 2018, only to suffer a blow to the head in the warm-up game that cut short his tour.