Time in the middle the key to beating Pakistan

Matt Renshaw faced more than 110 balls in Queensland’s eight-wicket loss to Western Australia last week. Image: ABC Grandstand

The Roar: It was really interesting hearing David Warner talking this week about his need to “adapt” to the way his new opening partner Matt Renshaw plays, and how he can better read the signals coming from his still very green colleague at the top of the order.

Renshaw, the young Queensland opener outrageously criticised for his scoring rate in the second innings in Adelaide – you know; his Test Debut, pink ball, all that – is Warner’s eighth career opening partner in his 56 Tests played to date.

And you’d think it shouldn’t be a major issue for Warner, adapting to a contrasting style. Renshaw’s ‘real opener’ method, to borrow Richard Hinds’ favoured term, is the perfect foil for Warner’s natural game, and Warner’s longest and most productive opening partnerships have been with Chris Rogers and Ed Cowan; neither of them likely to give Warner a run for his money in strike rate terms.

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