Matt Renshaw missed his double-century as he was dismissed for 184    Getty Images
Matt Renshaw missed his double-century as he was dismissed for 184 Getty Images

After Matt Renshaw and David Warner s success at the top order in the ongoing Test series against Pakistan, former Australia captain Steve Waugh opines the openers have the right tools and temperament to succeed in India. Warner and Renshaw showed grit and determination, scoring centuries on Day One of the final Test at SCG. Warner got to his century before lunch, while Renshaw was dismissed on 184. Although Australia are in sight of 3-0 win against Pakistan, the attention is slowly moving towards the India tour. Waugh believes Australia s first-wicket partnership can flourish on Indian tracks as well. There were talks of batsman Shaun Marsh making a comeback for the tour.

However, Renshaw s maiden century might cement his place at the opening slot. Speaking to cricket.com.au, Waugh said, They look like they’ve got good temperament. That’s the main thing in Test cricket. You’ve got to have the temperament to get through the tough periods, to think smartly when you’re out there in the middle and they’ve both shown they’re street-smart, which is really important. It will test them in different ways in India: technique, conditions and different pitches. It’s been nice timing for Australian cricket. They’ve played four Tests together. They’re winning and they’re playing well, so they’re going over there with confidence.

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On the other hand, former stalwart Chris Rogers feels Renshaw and Marsh s good track record in Asia can add pressure on Usman Khawaja. Marsh scored a century in the final match against Sri Lanka, while Khawaja managed to score just 55 runs at 13.75 in the first and second Test. Rogers spoke to Optus Sport s Stumps: It’s a difficult one… What you hear behind the scenes is that they want Shaun Marsh in the side. I think (Marsh) is still right in the reckoning for India. How he gets in there I’m not sure. It’s going to be very hard for selectors to drop Matt Renshaw after today, so Usman Khawaja might be under pressure and what a big call that would be.

While Warner did steal the limelight with his century first, his dismissal did not faze the 20-year-old Renshaw. He perfectly played second-fiddle to Warner. Warner became the first Australian to do so since Don Bradman in 1930. Waugh praised both the innings and added, It’s great to see Test cricket (played like that), that’s what it’s all about. There’s different techniques, different ways about going about the game. Dave Warner looked like he was having a practice session in the nets this morning. He was just outstanding. Every ball hit the gap and went for four and it was a really controlled innings.

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He’d be disappointed as he got 113. I think he had 200 or 300 in mind today. It was a pleasure to watch. Then Matt Renshaw, a fantastic innings, a real Test-match style innings. He worked hard for it; he was a great foil for Dave Warner. Those two have already developed a really good partnership, because they complement each other so well, Waugh concluded.