Australia's Matthew Renshaw bats during the second day of the first Test  in Pune
Australia's Matthew Renshaw bats during the second day of the first Test in Pune Rajanish Kakade

Young Aussie opener forced to suck it up in Indian

CRICKET: Probiotic bacteria and fermented milk is helping steel Matt Renshaw for the second Test in Bangalore.

The 20-year-old looked every bit the seasoned veteran in Indian conditions until his unforgettable dash to the safety of the Pune toilet midway through his innings.

Renshaw's illness was no 24-hour passing situation either, with the opener only starting to come back to feeling close to 100% on Wednesday.

David Warner marvelled at his opening partner's ability to adapt to Indian conditions, but he has offered some poignant advice to Renshaw that succeeding in the sub-continent requires performing off the field as well.

"I actually gave him a bit of a tip the other day about taking some tablets, like gastro health to get those probiotics into you,” said Warner.

"And (I said) make sure you have your Yakult in the morning to make sure you line your stomach a little bit.

"Because if you have the odd hot chilli it can definitely go through you.”

Renshaw is not a fan of spicy food at the best of times, and is slowly breaking himself in on what is his first ever trip to India.

However, no one in the Australian camp could fault the rookie's incredible ability to hit the ground running in Pune and make it look like he's been scoring runs in India for his entire life.

Australian openers David Warner (left) and Matt Renshaw.
Australian openers David Warner (left) and Matt Renshaw. DAVE HUNT

Warner's partnership with Renshaw is ever evolving and there's a joint respect shared between the side's most experienced batsmen and its newest arrival.

Renshaw was the surprise factor who Warner believes unsettled India like a case of Delhi belly.

"He played fantastic,” said Warner.

"It could have been a different story if he stayed out there or he didn't come off but the way he played and the way he adapted from coming off, being sick and going back out there was credit to him.

"The first Test match in India, India probably didn't expect that.

"We'd never seen him play in these conditions as well, so we know how he can play and that's the good thing about this game.

"When you have fresh people in the team, you don't know what they're capable of as well and it adds another string to your bow.”



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