TL;DR: Renshaw joins Australia squad for final Test

Tanya Simon
March 28, 2018

Matt Renshaw, part of Tasmania's just-concluded Sheffield Shield victory, is slated to travel to South Africa and join the squad for the final Test. And now, after the public outrage in Australia against Smith and Bancroft for bringing disrepute to the game of cricket, Cricket Australia forced to bring Renshaw into the team.

He has been handed over a one-Test match ban by ICC.

Renshaw will fly out out to Johannesburg on Tuesday evening after the completion of the Sheffield Shield final, where Queensland face Tasmania.

Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft - the only three players involved in the scheme according to CA - have been sent home from South Africa for their involvement in the scheme, with the governing body expected to announce sanctions within the next 24 hours. "People dream about winning a Shield their whole cricket careers and managing to do it at 21 and obviously what's coming (in South Africa), I can look forward to that, but I've got to enjoy a thing that not many people manage to do".

Bancroft had replaced Renshaw as Warner's opening partner ahead of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane last November.

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Full Australian squad: Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Jon Holland, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine, Matt Renshaw, Jhye Richardson, Chadd Sayers, Mitchell Starc.

The fourth Test resumes at Wanderers on Friday with South Africa in the lead - both in the series and psychologically following the ball-tampering scandal.

Renshaw's form had been patchy at that stage but he had been expected to keep his place after appearing in Australia's previous 10 Tests.

Smith's ban has been viewed as lenient by some, but it is in line with ICC protocols.

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