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Awkward topic looms for bolter Renshaw

AAP logoAAP 20/11/2016 Laine Clark

Besides an introduction, baggy green bolter Matt Renshaw admits he has no idea what to say to new Australian opening partner David Warner.

Here's a tip - maybe not mention Joe Root.

England-born Renshaw revealed he would be meeting most teammates for the first time when he lobs for this week's day-night third Test against South Africa in Adelaide.

As a result, the 20-year-old conceded he was searching for conversation ice breakers with vice-captain Warner.

"I really don't know how I am going to approach that," Renshaw said.

However, a potentially awkward topic looms - Renshaw's childhood mate Root, the English batting star Warner infamously punched before the 2013 Ashes tour.

As kids, Yorkshire-born Renshaw and Root would go head to head in a game after their dads played first grade together for Sheffield Collegiate.

It usually ended in tears - literally.

Matthew Renshaw of the Bulls after being named in the the Australian Test team. © Jason O'Brien/Getty Images Matthew Renshaw of the Bulls after being named in the the Australian Test team. Renshaw sobbed so badly when he got out that Root rarely got a bat - not that he realised it at the time.

"I went back to England in 2014 and I caught up with (Root) and the family," Renshaw told cricinfo website.

"One of the first things he said was that he never used to get a bat, it was always me.

"If I got out, I'd start crying. I think I ended up doing most of the batting."

Renshaw said he would try to pick fellow left hander Warner's brain before he stares down the Proteas in the pink ball Test.

"Hopefully he can give me some tips," said Renshaw who has called Australia home since the age of 11.

Cynics may claim Renshaw needs as many hints as he can get after becoming the second-youngest specialist batsman to make his Test debut for Australia in the last 30 years, since Phillip Hughes in 2009.

And Renshaw has only played one pink ball game before the day-night Test call-up, scoring 94 for Australia A against a South Africa A attack led by Vernon Philander in Brisbane in July.

In only 12 first-class games Renshaw has amassed 1,021 runs at 44.39, with three tons.

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