Renshaw taps into Hayden knowledge ahead of India adventure

Matthew Renshaw has been tapping into the knowledge of Matthew Hayden ahead of his first venture to India with Australia.

The 20-year-old opener has an average of 63 from his four Tests and made knocks of 71 and 184 in the recent series against Pakistan.

Renshaw faces an altogether different task in the subcontinent, though, particularly against the classy Indian spin of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

As a tall left-handed batsman, Renshaw has drawn inevitable comparisons with Hayden - who averaged over 50 in Tests in India - and he has been offering the youngster advice.

"I had a couple of conversations with him [Hayden] over the phone. He is really good, he just told me to try and embrace it over there, get as much experience as I can," he said. 

"I'm 20 years old and going to one of the hardest places to play to play in the world. So, I will just try and embrace and enjoy the challenge."

Renshaw described how he plans to use his height as an advantage against India.

"I think probably the sweep [shot] will be a big one for me, just try and stay low and use my reach as a tall bloke," he added. 

"I've probably got that advantage over some of the other guys. But they have got more advantages than me in different parts.

"I mean I can probably get the sort of balls that are going to turn a bit better than the short guys without moving my feet too much. So I'll try and use that as much to my advantage as possible."

Renshaw is in Dubai where Australia are training ahead of the four-Test series that starts on February 23 and has also been working with former England batsman Graeme Hick and Sridharan Sriram - who played eight ODIs for India - to formulate a game plan.

"Obviously Hick and Sri are here," he added. "[We've] just been trying to replicate what would happen over there. Different plans and different tactics."


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