Renshaw to star in warm-up game

04 January 2018 21:02:24 GMTPlus11

Middlesbrough-born Matt Renshaw will captain a youthful Cricket Australia XI against England on 11th January.

Renshaw, who has 10 Test caps, was expected to face the country of his birth in the Ashes until an early-season loss of form saw him displaced by Cameron Bancroft.

Instead, he will attempt to make life difficult for Eoin Morgan's team in the solitary warm-up game for the tourists in Sydney ahead of the one-day series between the Ashes rivals.

As well as Queensland opener Renshaw, a squad with an average age of 22 includes South Australia pace bowler Chadd Sayers.

Travis Dean and Jake Carder have both scored centuries for the CA XI in the past three months - Dean in the tour match against England in Perth, and Carder in a JLT Cup clash against South Australia.

"We've tried to get the most competitive team possible, bearing in mind Australian and BBL commitments," national selector Greg Chappell said.

"It's great to have the quality and experience of Matt Renshaw and Chadd Sayers in the side, and also five others who have played Sheffield Shield cricket this season, including Travis Dean, Jake Doran and John Dalton.

"Mackenzie Harvey is just 17 years old, but is a very exciting prospect. He underlined his class and potential with a century at Under 19 level against Pakistan last month, and will be eligible for the 2020 ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup.

"This is a quality opportunity for all players involved, and hopefully this side will give England a good test ahead of the series against Australia."

The 50-over contest at Drummoyne Oval, Sydney, next Thursday precedes the five-match Gillette Series.

Australia areĀ 2.00 to win the fifth Test against England, who areĀ 4.50 to triumph in Sydney.

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