Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch have put their stamp on Australia's opening partnership, and coach Justin Langer suggested that Matt Renshaw's quickest path to return to the test team could be the middle order.
The opening positions of 142 and 87 were the bulwark of the team's batting in each turn, wasted in the first, but built on the historical effect in the second. While Finch's pairing with Khawaja was based in part on the conditions and also on Renshaw's concussion in the team's only warm-up game, leaving him without match practice, Langer admitted that his chemistry could not be ignored in terms of long-term thinking. 19659002] This means that Renshaw can be seen as a mid-range option in the second Test in Abu Dhabi. Australia has some questions to ask about their batting after the collapse of the first innings and also the less successful performances of Shaun and Mitchell Marsh and debutant Marnus Labuschagne, defeated on the first foot in the first and in the back. second.
"One thing I know in great teams is not just preparation and good spirit, but one of the main elements is a really strong partnership," said Langer. "So, for the boys to get an opening partnership of 140 races and an association of 87 or 86 races … that's huge for our team, it's a big effort from both of you and you're always looking for it."
" Every time you build a team, you are always looking for the opening partnership and, without a doubt, both have put their best foot forward and obviously have good chemistry to have two great associations. The work if you are not in the team is to work very hard and do many careers to force yourself, to be so good that you can not be ignored. This has always been the case in Australian cricket, and that is how it has been. And it's the same with Matt or any of the players who are not in the XI for this game. "
There was strong suspicion that Renshaw had been behind others in an attitude, but Langer insisted that his omission was so much what to do with the lack of batting in games in recent weeks as in anything else. " The reality is that his numbers have been brilliant since he was knocked down the last time. He left and scored many races. He won races in Shield cricket, one of the best hundreds I've seen in a long time in Shield cricket in the Gabba in a pink ball game [against] last year in Western Australia, "Langer said." He's a very, very good young player. Unfortunately, like fast bowlers, he had not had time in between and you never take a ruckman if they do not have a lot of time in between.
"You never give back to fast players, well, it's difficult, and it's the same with Matt." The only thing that played against him in this game and not his skill, not his work ethic, he has done everything so well in the last six months, and everything he has done absolutely with the letter, unfortunately, he received three injuries with his broken finger, your hamstring and then a concussion, so you've hit in the middle in the last three months for about an hour and it's really hard to get to these conditions when you do not have a compatible physical fitness.
"People I could discuss that and that's fine, but my opinion about the world is that there is nothing like the practice of games and he simply had not had any. He is an excellent young player, very good in the group. I admire the way he has done it, he had a smile on his face all the time and there is a lot of future for Matt Renshaw. Whether he comes in the opening or batting No. 3 or … he could come anywhere. He is a good player. I've always said that if you open you can hit anywhere in the order. Time will tell. "
Another question for Australia after its efforts in Dubai is how to handle spearhead Mitchell Starc, who exceeded 42.2 in excess heat and fought severe cramps at the end of the first day. to the absent Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, Starc is considered one of Australia's most precious assets, and at least his training will be kept to a minimum over the next four days before the second test, which will begin in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.  "Starcy pitched a lot of the first innings, we certainly understand that and it's always the million-dollar question what we do with the fast players," Langer said. Because if we want to have our fast players particularly in Australia or, in the future, for England next year, like the opening partnership, the first three are incredibly important for Australia to succeed. We will achieve it. It's the start of the season and, hopefully, we'll handle them well all summer long. "
The physical and emotional effort had a huge reward for Australia in the form of a raffle from scratch, and Langer balanced his concerns about the the welfare of his players with unbridled enthusiasm about what had just happened. " I actually told Travis Head when the T20 side was lost. At the end of this second test, he will come to give me a hug, "he said. And Finchy also told me today because the cricket test is very exhausting.
"Physically and mentally it's very exhausting, so we'll have to work gently to really recharge our batteries as much as we can in the next few days to start again in four days, but that's all part of the test back to back, especially with our young people. "I'll tell you what I do know after today: anyone who tells me that Test cricket is dead, is crazy. That's a cricket test, that's incredible, is not it? That is what we love. For cricket tragic, we love that. That's amazing, until the end, all nervous, I love that. "