Matt Renshaw undaunted by return to short leg
At the SCG in January 2017, Matt Renshaw was twice struck on the head. @Getty

The Australia opener Matt Renshaw says he is willing to return to the short leg fielding position despite suffering two nasty blows to the head while representing his country.

The 22-year-old was struck on the helmet when fielding at short leg during Australia’s pre-Test tour match against Pakistan A in October, which resulted in concussion and meant he could not bat. A lack of batting practice then saw Renshaw overlooked for the first Test in Dubai, which Australia famously drew, and was then sent back to Australia to play the second round of the Sheffield Shield after he was deemed surplus to the Test team’s requirement for the Abu Dhabi Test.

Despite a history of concussions, Renshaw – who was concussed during a Test against Pakistan in 2017 after being hit twice, once while batting and then at short leg – said on the latest episode of The Unplayable Podcast that he was ready to go under the lid again as close-in catcher.

“I think if I got told to go in there, I’d go in there. I took a catch just before I got hit. I’m not too bad in there,” he said. “Whatever the coaches tell me to do, I’ll do it. I’m fielding in the slips for Queensland against the spinners and we’ve got a couple of other guys who can do the job. It just depends on the team that plays and where I’m needed, where I’m best fitted in.”

Renshaw will hope to be re-selected in Australia’s Test squad for the home series with India. The first Test starts December 6 in Adelaide.