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Australia opener Matthew Renshaw is set to play in his first overseas Test against India in Pune on Thursday.
But, instead of being concerned about the occasion, the 20-year-old is looking to do his best and “enjoy” donning the Australia jersey in hostile territory.
Renshaw failed to have an impact in the only warm-up game against India A as he posted scores of 11 and 10 respectively. Despite this, he isn’t daunted by the possible hardships that await him in the four-Test series.
“It’s a lot different to hometown Brisbane,” he admitted. “I’ve just got to embrace it and try and get out and have a look and just explore. It’s a completely different culture. I’ve just been trying to enjoy it.
“I’m 20 years old, I’m doing what I love for my country and it’s something that really excites me … I wasn’t expecting to be here at this point in time.”
Since Renshaw is expected to open the batting with David Warner, the duo have been spending a lot of time discussing a gameplan to quell the threat posed by India’s spin attack in particular.
“He’s been really good,” Renshaw said about Warner. “Helping me and just discussing plans … (Warner’s advice was) when you’ve got a plan, try and stick to it. We’ve both been throwing back ideas to each other.”
In addition to Warner, Renshaw also had the opportunity to chat with former opening batsman Matthew Hayden prior to the tour.
Hayden spoke to Renshaw about his approach and technique, especially against India’s spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.
“I had a bit of a chat with Haydos when I was back in Australia and he gave me a few good pointers,” Renshaw said. “He had great success with the sweep and I’ve been practising it.
“I’m not sure if it might come out in the game, but it’s an option that I’ve got and I’ve worked hard on.”