Matt Renshaw gets back to batting on Tuesday at a Queensland training session at Brisbane's Alan Border Field.
Matt Renshaw gets back to batting on Tuesday at a Queensland training session at Brisbane's Alan Border Field. DAVE HUNT

Renshaw cleared for Shield final

HE CAN now see the funny side, but Matt Renshaw admits to initially being concerned a collision with Queensland teammate Sam Heazlett could have ruled him out of this week's Sheffield Shield final in Brisbane.

The ex-Test opener has been given the green light to play against Tasmania in the five-day decider, which starts at Allan Border Field on Friday, after being cleared of concussion concerns.

Renshaw was sidelined after copping Heazlett's knee in the head as they both went for the ball in a warm-up before day two of last week's Sheffield Shield game against NSW, won outright by Queensland, in Wollongong.

"It was one of the more interesting ways to get a concussion,” Renhaw said with a laugh.

"I was diving for a ball and Sam was also diving from a different direction.

"He didn't want to spike me (with his boots) so he decided to knee me in the side of the head.

"I think I would rather the spikes now.”

Renshaw said he had no lingering issues despite at first fearing the head knock could rule him out of the final.

"A little bit (of doubt) at the start, but the next day when I woke up I was feeling a lot better,” he said.

"It's all good now. I did all my checks (on Monday) and passed all the tests.”

Heazlett was arguably more relieved than Renshaw when the opener was cleared for the final.

"He kept saying sorry to me the whole day that it happened, but things like that just happen,” Renshaw said.

Renshaw is the only batsman to have struck three Shield tons this summer, amassing 686 runs at 40.35.

He hit three centuries in as many matches before Heazlett's friendly fire halted his run.

It is a remarkable turnaround, with Renshaw having been dropped from the Test team at the start of the summer.

The lanky left-hander couldn't buy a run in a luckless trot but reversed his fortunes when the Shield resumed after the Big Bash League.

Renshaw credits a new fitness regime.

"My fitness work has probably never been up to standard,” he said.

"I did a lot of work when I wasn't playing for the (Brisbane) Heat (in BBL).

"Now after batting two days I feel fresh.

"I will try to bat as well as I can and try and win that Shield for the boys. "I am getting goosebumps just thinking about winning a title.”

AAP



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