A report in the AAP informs us that Somerset has signed Matt Crenshaw as a replacement for Cameron Bancroft, the banned players caught on television tampering with the ball in the South Africa Test series.
Renshaw replaced Bancroft in the final Test of the South Africa tour and has a new deal to play for Somerset for the start of the County Championship.
Renshaw is just 22 years of age and he may be part of the side that faces Worcestershire in the season opener. It is expected that he will remain in Somerset until the end of June, and will then return on August 19 to take up duties with Taunton.
“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to play alongside some very experienced players and the exciting young talent that is coming through at Taunton,” said Yorkshire-born Renshaw to reporters. “I’ve heard a lot of good things about the club and I understand that I will be following in the footsteps of some outstanding Australian batsmen. It will be a new challenge for me but it’s one that I’m really looking forward to.”
Renshaw has represented for Australia in 11 Tests and done all right, averaging 33.47 and coming within 16 runs of a double ton in a match against Pakistan.
Somerset Director of Cricket Andy Hurry spoke of the need he hopes Renshaw will fill, saying, “It has been important for us to act swiftly, but to remain pragmatic in identifying the best fit for our needs and I am delighted that we have signed Matt (Renshaw).”
It would be nothing, if not pragmatic, for a Director named Hurry to act quickly.
Going on at his own pace, Hurry said, “He (Renshaw) is a player who is highly driven to succeed and has demonstrated the ability to bat for long periods of time, but he also has the ability to move through the gears.”
It would appear that the silver lining to Bancroft’s travails belongs to Matt Renshaw.