Matt Renshaw    Getty Images
Matt Renshaw Getty Images

Steve O Keefe has backed Australian opener Matthew Renshaw for a successful tour of India, which begins on February 23 with the first Test slated at Pune. Renshaw, who made his Test debut recently against South Africa, impressed with a splendid 184 in the third and final Test against Pakistan. The 20-year-old left-handed opener could have played for England, since he was born in Yorkshire, but Renshaw moved to Australia when he was 6. Renshaw is one of the many opening partners for David Warner in recent times, but he looks set to get an extended run at the top of the batting order.

O Keefe, who will be touring India as one of the four specialist Australian spinners has backed Renshaw to come good on the tour of India, despite the opener not having enough experience of playing Test cricket, especially in subcontinent. When he steps up to that challenge, whatever challenge that is, he tends to rise to it and he does it his own way. There s no scar tissue with Matt Renshaw, he s just going to go over and enjoy the experience. He s just a happy-go-lucky sort of guy, nothing seems to faze him. He might even have that level of dumbness that you need to be a good batter, he said.

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For the rest of the batters, I hope and I m sure they have learnt from previous tours in the subcontinent. [For] a lot of these guys it ll be their second, third or even fourth tour of India or the subcontinent, being Sri Lanka. I ve seen these guys even working during the SCG Test to improve their games, batting at different ends of the training wickets so they can bat out of the rough, O Keefe was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

He continued, The thought processes are there, but let s not get too far ahead of ourselves. If these guys prepare well, we re going to give ourselves every chance. You need to play solid cricket for five days to beat these guys.