Published: Wed, March 28, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Renshaw added to Australia squad for final South Africa Test

Renshaw added to Australia squad for final South Africa Test

Left-hander Renshaw had played a big part in Queensland's Sheffield Shield-winning squad.

Incidentally, Renshaw was dropped ahead of the Ashes owing to his poor form and replaced by Cameron Bancroft - one of the two players, alongside Steve Smith, to be charged by the ICC after their confession to tamper the condition of the ball on Day 3 of the third Test in Cape Town.

Now trailing 2-1, Australia have never lost Test series in South Africa in the post-Apartheid era, meaning history is on the line in the crucial last fixture at The Wanderers. According to, CA Head of Integrity Iain Roy was given the responsibility of carrying out the investigation at the team hotel.

The fourth Test resumes at Wanderers on Friday with South Africa in the lead - both in the series and psychologically following the ball-tampering scandal. Smith, meanwhile, was docked 100 percent of his match fee.

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Fellow opener Bancroft escaped suspension from the ICC but will be under scrutiny for his central role in the incident, while coach Darren Lehmann's future is also unclear. Matthew Renshaw's inclusion comes after Cameron Bancroft's ball-tampering attempt was caught on camera.

While Bancroft only averaged 25.57 with the bat during the Ashes, he has fared a little better in the ongoing Test series against the Proteas as he is Australia's highest run-scorer with 223 runs, which includes two half-centuries, at an average of 37.16. In addition, Australia lost the Test by 322 runs.

He slammed three consecutive hundreds - 170 against Victoria, 112 against South Australia and an unbeaten 143 against Western Australia - that were instrumental in leading Queensland to the Shield final.

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