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Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Chappell praises 'unlucky' Renshaw's recall


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Former Australian Test captain Ian Chappell has praised the selection of Matthew Renshaw despite the Queenslander's scratchy form.

Renshaw was one of three changes to the side that faced India, along with Joe Burns and Victorian 20-year-old Will Pucovski.

The 22-year-old's selection in the squad to face Sri Lanka was somewhat of a surprise considering he had failed to cross 30 in his last five innings across all domestic formats.

However, Chappell praised the selectors for looking towards the future with the selections of both Pucovski and Renshaw.

Matt Renshaw

"Renshaw I thought was probably a bit hard done by in the first place, so he deserves another crack," he told Wide World of Sports.

"He was dropped really on first-class form. I always think you deserve to be dropped on Test form, especially if you've done a bit in Test cricket, rather than first-class form.

"I think he showed a bit when he played Test cricket. I thought he was improving so I'm actually pleased to see him back."

On the flip-side, Pucovski comes into the squad on the back of two first-class centuries in his eight career games, and Chappell said he was excited to see the young Victorian.

Will Pucovski

"Everything I've heard about him is good," he said.

"The only concern I would have with Pucovski is debuting him in a day-night Test match.

"But at least he's got the opportunity playing for the CA XI, to play in a day-night game and if he shows good form, I'd be prepared to pick him."

Despite talk that some of Australia's fast bowlers should be rested ahead of the Ashes series, Chappell praised the selection of the full-strength attack.

Mitchell Starc

"Bowlers are like batsmen, they need wickets to get their confidence," he said.

"In the end I think it was (Cheteshwar) Pujara that was wearing them out.

"I think they'll be delighted that they're not facing Pujara, and it's a good opportunity for them to get some wickets and to get their confidence up."

All three of Burns, Pucovski and Renshaw were also selected as a part of the Cricket Australia XI to take on Sri Lanka in a tour match prior to the Test series.

Former Australian Test captain Ian Chappell has praised the selection of Matthew Renshaw despite the Queenslander's scratchy form.

Renshaw was one of three changes to the side that faced India, along with Joe Burns and Victorian 20-year-old Will Pucovski.

The 22-year-old's selection in the squad to face Sri Lanka was somewhat of a surprise considering he had failed to cross 30 in his last five innings across all domestic formats.

However, Chappell praised the selectors for looking towards the future with the selections of both Pucovski and Renshaw.

Matt Renshaw

"Renshaw I thought was probably a bit hard done by in the first place, so he deserves another crack," he told Wide World of Sports.

"He was dropped really on first-class form. I always think you deserve to be dropped on Test form, especially if you've done a bit in Test cricket, rather than first-class form.

"I think he showed a bit when he played Test cricket. I thought he was improving so I'm actually pleased to see him back."

On the flip-side, Pucovski comes into the squad on the back of two first-class centuries in his eight career games, and Chappell said he was excited to see the young Victorian.

Will Pucovski

"Everything I've heard about him is good," he said.

"The only concern I would have with Pucovski is debuting him in a day-night Test match.

"But at least he's got the opportunity playing for the CA XI, to play in a day-night game and if he shows good form, I'd be prepared to pick him."

Despite talk that some of Australia's fast bowlers should be rested ahead of the Ashes series, Chappell praised the selection of the full-strength attack.

Mitchell Starc

"Bowlers are like batsmen, they need wickets to get their confidence," he said.

"In the end I think it was (Cheteshwar) Pujara that was wearing them out.

"I think they'll be delighted that they're not facing Pujara, and it's a good opportunity for them to get some wickets and to get their confidence up."

All three of Burns, Pucovski and Renshaw were also selected as a part of the Cricket Australia XI to take on Sri Lanka in a tour match prior to the Test series.

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