Matt Renshaw strived to leave behind the disappointment of not getting a game during the just concluded 2-match Test series in UAE, with a ton on his return back home before the start of the all-important Sheffield Shield season.
Surplus to team management's requirements against Pakistan, Renshaw got released from the squad and flew immediately back in Australia, where the left-hander scored a brilliant hundred for his club in Queensland Premier Cricket, as part of his early preparations before the start of the domestic first-class season for Western Australia.
"It hurts(on not being given a chance in UAE despite being originally selected) because every human would be disappointed to miss out and that is a good sign because it shows how much I want it," Renshaw was quoted saying to News Corp on sidelines of Toombul's match against South Brisbane, "Having been out of the side over the past year it has been a tough year but it is good to have people I can fall back on and come back and play grade cricket with guys I have known for the last eight or nine years."
But, he emphasized, "I just need to score runs and have some time in the middle. We have a few Shield games to prepare and not even worry about what is happening in the summer," before adding, "We(WA) won a Shield with Queensland last season and hopefully we can do it again because not many teams have been able to go back to back."
Renshaw also confirmed that he has overcome the mental fears, which having been hit and concussed during the warm-up game against Pakistan A in Dubai, brought in his mind and said, "I am completely clear now. My two big bouts of concussion have been at short leg so I will try and stay away from short leg, especially in grade cricket," before signing off with, "I would be concerned about fielding there but if the captain or coach told me to field there I would, At 22 I am still one of the younger guys and that is where they generally go so I will just have to deal with it without worrying too much."
(Inputs from cricket.com.au)