The tall left-hander earned his baggy green in 2016 as a 20-year-old © Getty
The race for Matthew Renshaw’s signature for the upcoming county championship season has been won, with Kent securing the services of the Australian opener, Cricbuzz has learned.
The Queenslander has agreed to terms with the Canterbury-based county, following his successful stint at Somerset in 2018 where he tallied 513 runs at 51.3 with three centuries.
It is understood that Renshaw, who was born in Yorkshire before his family moved to Australia when he was 11 years of age, will join the club for the early stages of the red-ball season and for the duration of the 50-over competition.
“Matt is a young talent who is very hungry for success. He has the ability to strengthen our batting line-up, which will be key at the beginning of the season with both Sam and Joe away playing in the IPL. We look forward to welcoming Matt into the squad,” Kent Cricket CEO Paul Downton said.
With 11 Tests to his name, the tall left-hander earned his baggy green in 2016 as a 20-year-old. In his fourth Test, he scored his one Test century to date against Pakistan at the SCG.
Badly out of form in Sheffield Shield cricket ahead of the 2017-18 Ashes, Renshaw was dropped for Cameron Bancroft. But by end of the southern summer, he was urgently flown over for their final Test against South Africa at Johannesburg in March when the man who replaced him was banned for ball tampering.
It was Bancroft who Renshaw went on to also stand in for at Taunton for the first six games of the 2018 county season. The form he displayed there was enough to retain his spot in the touring party of the UAE when Australia played Pakistan in October, but not enough to stay in the XI with Aaron Finch preferred.
Most recently, Renshaw was recalled to the Test squad for the first of Australia’s two matches against Sri Lanka but was overlooked in favour of his state teammate Joe Burns, who partnered with Marcus Harris, who opened in all six Tests this summer after getting the nod ahead of Renshaw in December.
Released to the Big Bash League, this week Renshaw made an unbeaten 90 in 50 deliveries against Adelaide Strikers, smacking four sixes along the way.
Last week, Renshaw explained how keen he was to get back to England for the 2019 summer ahead of the Ashes series beginning on 1 August. For Somerset’s part, they had already signed Pakistan vice-captain Azhar Ali for their overseas position.
In terms of pressing his Ashes claims, in addition to playing for Kent, Renshaw is expected to receive an opportunity for Australia ‘A’ tour that will be played during the ODI World Cup.