Somerset secure Renshaw boost

13 April 2018 03:13:05 EST

Somerset are confident that they have added a quality player to their ranks by snapping up Australia left-handed opening batsman Matt Renshaw.

The 22-year-old is available until the end of June and should return to Taunton in mid-August for the final few weeks of the county season, having been drafted in as a replacement for fellow Aussie opener Cameron Bancroft.

He is a player of quality who is on an upward trajectory and we feel that he will certainly flourish in our environment.

Andy Hurry

And Somerset director of cricket, Andy Hurry is delighted to have secured the services of a player who recently helped Queensland win the Sheffield Shield and who has played in 11 Test matches to date for the Baggy Greens.

He told the county's official website: "It has been important for us to act swiftly, but to remain pragmatic in identifying the best fit for our needs and I am delighted that we have signed Matt.

"Coming to us off the back of a title winning Sheffield Shield season and having made a number of significant contributions with the bat, including three hundreds in the last five games, he will be arriving with us with a huge amount of confidence.

"He is a player who is highly driven to succeed and has demonstrated the ability to bat for long periods of time, but he also has the ability to move through the gears.

"He is a player of quality who is on an upward trajectory and we feel that he will certainly flourish in our environment."

Somerset are priced at 9/1 to win County Championship Division One this summer, with Marcus Trescothick 2/1 to be top team batsman and Steven Davies available at 2/1.

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