Usman Khawaja backs young Aussie Matt Renshaw

Updated: Nov 29, 2016, 14:41 IST | AFP |

Australia's Test hero Usman Khawaja said young opener Matt Renshaw can change gears and abandon his steadfast batting technique when required after guiding the team to an overdue victory over South Africa

Usman Khawaja and Matt Renshaw
Usman Khawaja and Matt Renshaw

Adelaide: Australia's Test hero Usman Khawaja said young opener Matt Renshaw can change gears and abandon his steadfast batting technique when required after guiding the team to an overdue victory over South Africa.

The English-born debutant, one of five changes in the Australian team, finished unbeaten on 34 from 137 balls as they ended a run of five Test defeats with a seven-wicket victory in the pink-ball Test in Adelaide on Sunday.

Despite displaying a resilience and determination previously missing from Australia's batsmen in the lost South Africa series, the 20-year-old received some sarcastic cheers from the crowd over his snail-paced scoring, including a stretch of 32 deliveries without a run.

"He's got a really good temperament, a really good head on him. What you saw during this Test match was one bit of Matt Renshaw's game," Khawaja told reporters after Sunday's win.

"He's got a very good temperament, a good defence, he plays the ball well and plays it late. Hopefully, you'll also be able to see the other part of him. I've seen him take down some attacks, I've seen him come against a few spinners and heave them for some big sixes and change gears.

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