Australian batsman Matt Renshaw.
Australian batsman Matt Renshaw. DAVE HUNT

'Maybe I can force Davey to let me take the first ball'

CRICKET: Matt Renshaw might ask opening partner David Warner to let him take the first delivery at the Boxing Day Test - so he has no chance of getting run out without facing a ball.

Renshaw, who will play for the first time at the MCG in his short career, won't find out if he will take first block until the pair runs out on the ground but thinks he might suggest it.

"It should be really good fun,” the 20-year-old said at Allan Border Field today before flying to Melbourne.

"Whether Davey makes me face it or he takes it I am not too sure.

"He generally says when we walk out in the middle, he'll say 'you're taking it' or he's taking it, so first innings (at the Gabba) I thought I would be taking it and that ended up happening and second innings he bolted out there and told me he was facing and took 12 off the first over.

"That is a bit more easy at the non-striker's end when you realise you are going 12 an over.

"It would be exciting but I was thinking about it in the second innings, you can't get a diamond duck (run out without facing a ball) if you take the first ball.

"Maybe I can force Davey to let me take the first ball, so I don't get a diamond duck.”

The only time Renshaw was at the MCG was for an Ashes Test three years ago.

He was hoping that when he got to feel the MCG grass under his feet he would begin to feel at home.

"It will probably feel a bit more real when I fly down and have a couple of training sessions under my belt there,” Renshaw said.

"Hopefully I don't get lost around the dressing room and dugouts, which I have heard is quite easy to do.”

Back on the cricket, Renshaw said he learned a lot from the first Test against Pakistan at the Gabba and the main thing was to expect the unexpected.

"I think anything can happen in Test cricket,” he said.

"You never really expected Pakistan to score that many runs in the last innings, but it's Test cricket and it's a challenge and we nearly lost that but we got the win in the end.

"In Test cricket you cannot switch off for probably even one session.

"You can see how quickly you can lose a game. In a Shield game you can lose one or two sessions and you might still be ahead.

"If you lose a session in Test cricket it's pretty hard to get that momentum back.”

Renshaw will get plenty of support from his family but knows this Christmas will be a lot different to usual.

"I normally spent Christmas down on the Gold Coast with my cousins,” he said.

"We used to always play a bit of backyard cricket in the morning and then go and watch the Boxing Day Test.

"It will be a bit different having all of them down there as well as mum and dad, which will be really exciting.”

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