Published: Wed, March 28, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Ball-tampering scandal: Matt Renshaw added to Australian squad

Ball-tampering scandal: Matt Renshaw added to Australian squad

Renshaw was dropped ahead of the Ashes past year and was replaced by Cameron Bancroft, who has been charged for ball tampering along with Steven Smith.

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

Coach Darren Lehmann's future is also under intense scrutiny. With the ICC ruling Smith out of the Johannesburg Test besides docking his entire match fee and Bancroft escaping with a 75% fine and three demerit points, Australia have opted for a replacement despite having the likes of Peter Handscomb, who was the 12th man in the previous match, in the squad already. Matthew Renshaw's inclusion comes after Cameron Bancroft's ball-tampering attempt was caught on camera.

Matt Renshaw has been called up into the Australian team.

South Africa hold a 2-1 series lead going into the fourth and final Test, which begins on Friday.

Queensland opener Matt Renshaw is set to fly to South Africa immediately after the conclusion of the Sheffield Shield final in Brisbane, which ends today.

While Bancroft only averaged 25.57 with the bat during the Ashes, he has fared a little better in the ongoing Test series against the Proteas as he is Australia's highest run-scorer with 223 runs, which includes two half-centuries, at an average of 37.16. "I'm really looking forward to getting back into the test arena and expressing myself".

"Just been putting all my emotions into winning (for Queensland) and it's just relief now", he said.

Opening batsman Matthew Renshaw.

The sanction against the trio was announced by Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland, who had flown into Johannesburg just hours earlier to get to the bottom of the scandal, at a packed news conference.

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