Renshaw plays to himself

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It is not often you play a Test match to an audience that includes yourself but Australia opener Matt Renshaw has done just that and scored 71 to boot.

Renshaw’s pals at the Toombul Cricket Club filled his already booked seat at the Gabba with a mannequin adorned with a cardboard cut out of the Bulls opener leaving the young man with a surreal feeling.

He said after play on day one of the first Test against Pakistan in Brisbane: “It was a bit strange seeing my face on a mannequin when I was out there batting.

“It probably took my mind off the game for a little bit, but it was good fun from the boys.”

Renshaw’s proud parents were unable to take in his innings at the Gabba as they were attending his sister’s graduation across town.

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The opener explained: “They came to Adelaide and Hannah’s graduation is a really big thing for her, so I think it’s good that they went and saw her.

“Unfortunately, I couldn’t still be in when they finished there and they couldn’t head over.”

He would joke: “They told me I needed to be 80 not out at the dinner break, but I couldn’t do that. I let them down.”

The opener’s mum Alison Renshaw told Nine News earlier this week: “Matthew’s had his debut in Adelaide, so we’ll be there, very, very proud of what she [Hannah] has done.”

The Queensland Bulls man would also confirm that Steve Smith certainly edged Mohammad Amir behind when on 97: “I walked into the dressing room and he was saying he smashed it yeah.”

Pakistan did not appeal for the faint edge and Smith would record his 16th Test century as Australia amassed 288/3 on day one.

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