Newcastle fan to open batting in Ashes for…Australia
Aussie cricketing legend Matthew Hayden believes that Matt Renshaw is key to success in the upcoming Ashes.
The first test starts in 13 days time at the Gabba and 21 year old Renshaw is expected to start his 11th test as an opener for Australia.
Interestingly though, he is a Newcastle United fan.
Matt Renshaw grew up on Teesside until the age of 10, when his family relocated down under, his father Dr Ian Renshaw, is now a senior lecturer at Queensland University of Technology.
The Mail have revealed that whilst his father is from Nottinghamshire, it is through his Geordie mother that Matt Renshaw was, and remains, a Newcastle fan.
The 21 year old could have played for either England or Australia and his father told The Mail:
“I saw Greg Chappell in Sydney recently and he said: “You must be finding it hard watching him in a baggy green?” But no, not at all, actually. I guess it wasn’t a decision we ever made. It just happened.
“Until Matthew started playing for Australia, I always wanted England to win. But up to that point we never knew whether he was even going to get close to being good enough, so it was irrelevant when people asked which one he would play for.
“Then, when things happened, they happened very quickly.’
“We chose to come and live here, we arrived when he was 10 and he never actually played a game in England.
“He played junior cricket for a couple of years in New Zealand, but the vast majority of his development has been in Queensland, so he’s a product of the Australian system. He talks like an Aussie, and he is an Aussie.”
Cricket isn’t for everyone but loads of Newcastle fans are also bug cricket fans and so it will be an extra angle of interest when the Ashes begin – Matt Renshaw to get a century each innings and England to win every test?
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