Matthew Renshaw is in the race for opener's spot    Getty Images
Matthew Renshaw is in the race for opener’s spot Getty Images

Despite his recent impressive form, young Matt Renshaw still needs to confirm his spot for the 2017-18 Ashes. Renshaw s competition is with experienced campaigners like Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja. While Australia s assistant coach David Saker backs Renshaw to play well in the upcoming Sheffield Shield matches to seal get a spot in the eleven, Joe Burns wants Australia to pick his successor without any doubt.

What Saker said: Renshaw will probably get the first go at it, but because there s [sic] three Shield games you never know.

What Burns said: You d like to think they will stick with him and I think it s the lesser of two evils. If you give someone one too many games than one too little in that role. I know firsthand as an opening batter for Australia: it’s not an easy role, Burns told AAP.

Young and talented: People I think often forget you’re generally facing the best bowlers from another country with a new ball on a fresh wicket. There’s nothing harder in international cricket. He’s a young guy learning a lot on the run … the life of an opener is that sometimes you nick one early. If you find someone that’s right for the role, it’s worth sticking with them, added Burns.

Ashes 2017-18: Michael Vaughan unhappy with 3 warm-up ties for England
Ashes 2017-18: Michael Vaughan unhappy with 3 warm-up ties for England

Apart from Renshaw, wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade needs to cement his spot with impressive performances in the First-Class matches ahead as well. He will face tough contest for The Gabba Test from Peter Nevill.