Matt Renshaw will fly to Johannesburg on Tuesday night to join the Australian squad reeling under the backlash of the ball-tampering scandal. The 21-year old was dropped ahead of the Ashes series, in favour of Cameron Bancroft, one of two players charged by the ICC for altering the condition of the ball using a foreign substance.
Steven Smith was the other man sanctioned. Cricket Australia stripped him of his captaincy for the Cape Town Test and the ICC suspended him from playing at the Wanderers. Further action is awaited from CA with the board’s CEO James Sutherland arriving in South Africa to assess the findings of an investigation conducted by Integrity officer Iain Roy.
Renshaw is currently playing for Queensland in the Sheffield Shield final and has been in excellent form. He struck three successive centuries – 170 against Victoria, 112 against South Australia and 143 not out against Western Australia – to lead his team into a title clash they are set to win at Allan Border field.
More to follow