Australian opener Matt Renshaw signed by Somerset as Bancroft's replacement

Matt Renshaw
Australia’s Matt Renshaw in action
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Somerset have tried to pick a like-for-like replacement as they have signed the Yorkshire born Aussie opener Matt Renshaw to fill the void created by the suspension of compatriot opener Cameron Bancroft.

Bancroft was recently banned by the Cricket Australia for 9 months following a much more lenient punishment from the International Cricket Council in the wake of the ball tampering scandal in which Bancroft was the chief culprit.

Renshaw is expected to join the side shortly. However, he would be available for only two months in the early season after which he will depart with the national team for a tour of Zimbabwe closely followed by a 2-Test match series with Bangladesh to be played in Australia.

The left hander was all praise for Somerset and bore a sense of responsibility to carry forward the legacy of some of the other Aussie batsmen to have played for Somerset. Renshaw said, "I'm delighted to have the opportunity to play alongside some very experienced players and the exciting young talent that is coming through at Taunton. I've heard a lot of good things about the Club and I understand that I will be following in the footsteps of some outstanding Australian batsmen. It will be a new challenge for me but it's one that I'm really looking forward to.”

Renshaw has been on song in the recent Sheffield Shield season and has piled up three hundreds in his last five games among several other valuable contributions for Queensland.

Somerset’s director of cricket Andy Hurry talked highly of the young batsman’s ability to play long grinding innings and also step up the run flow when needed. "It has been important for us to act swiftly, but to remain pragmatic in identifying the best fit for our needs and I am delighted that we have signed Matt. He is a player who is highly driven to succeed and has demonstrated the ability to bat for long periods of time, but he also has the ability to move through the gears. He is a player of quality, is on an upward trajectory and we feel that he will certainly flourish in our environment," Hurry mentioned.

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