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Cricket Buzz: Warner tells opener Renshaw to avoid newspapers

November 12, 2017 17:52 IST

Australia opener Matt Renshaw

IMAGE: Matt Renshaw. Photograph: BCCI

Australia vice captain David Warner has urged his under-pressure opening partner Matt Renshaw to avoid reading newspapers this week and score some runs in the Sheffield Shield ahead of the opening Test of the Ashes.

The 21-year-old Renshaw has averaged 36.64 from his 10 Tests in a positive start to his international career but has had a tough Shield campaign for Queensland, failing to surpass 20 runs in his four innings.

Neither coach Darren Lehmann nor any of Australia's other selectors have queried the youngster's spot in the test side but his poor run of form has attracted plenty of scrutiny from local media in the lead-up to the Gabba Test starting November 23.

 

Warner will be on the opposite side when Renshaw pads up against New South Wales at Brisbane's Adelaide Border field from Tuesday but wished the opener well.

"I want him to score runs this week. He's been under a bit of pressure this week, there's been a bit of talk in the media," Warner told local media on Sunday.

"You have to keep putting the numbers on the board.

"As a youngster I would be steering clear of newspapers this week."

Renshaw's task has been made easier, with New South Wales resting their trio of test bowlers, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, who were superb in defeating Western Australia in the previous round.

Renshaw enjoyed a fine home summer against South Africa and Pakistan, but since stroking 60 against India in Bengaluru in March, he has not scored a half-century in nine test innings.

"I want him to do well. I am a mate of his and wish him success," Warner said.

"He's got to keep playing well.

"When I see that at the other end it brings a spark to my eye because you know your partner is on as well."

Halfway across the country, England's crushing 192-run win over a weak Cricket Australia XI in the tour match in Adelaide came with a warning from former test paceman Ryan Harris.

"I think it is (vulnerable), especially with no Ben Stokes," Harris, who coached the home side, said about the tourists' batting.

England's bowlers performed well in the four-day game but former captain Alastair Cook's lean tour continued with scores of 15 and 32.

"I think (Cook) looked a bit rusty, I guess," added Harris.

"I'm sure he'll look forward to another hit next week. But we all know what he can do. You don't score over 10,000 runs and not be any good."

England play their final warm-up match against a Cricket Australia XI in Townsville, in far northern Queensland state, from Wednesday.

Pakistan to host Windies for next five years from 2018

Pakistan will host West Indies in a three-match Twenty20 series in March and the Caribbean side will be playing in the South Asian country every year for the next five years, the Pakistan Cricket Board has said.

West Indies will also host a reciprocal series against Pakistan, probably in the United States, as part of the agreement. A third team will also play the U.S. series.

"We have an agreement with West Indies for the next five years," PCB chairman Najam Sethi said in comments published by Dawn newspaper.

"This is an independent bilateral arrangement, independent of the FTPs (Future Tour Programmes) that would be arranged with the International Cricket Council in December/January."

The first series will be held from March 29-April 1 next year in Pakistan, but venues are still to be determined.

Pakistan had largely been shunned by international teams for the past eight years due to security concerns following an attack by gunmen on the bus carrying the Sri Lankan team in 2009.

The attack injured six Sri Lankan players and killed six security personnel and two civilians and Pakistan have since played almost all of their 'home' matches in the United Arab Emirates.

Zimbabwe had a limited overs tour in May, 2015, however Sri Lanka's Twenty20 match in Lahore last month is considered as marking the end of the isolation, with Sethi telling Reuters at the time that the West Indies had committed to tour but dates still had to be finalised.

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