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Big score for Matt Renshaw at SCG

AAP logoAAP 3/01/2017 Matt Encarnacion

Matt Renshaw has sent the clearest possible message to Australian selectors debating his position in the upcoming India series with a maiden Test century at the SCG.

The 20-year-old became the youngest Australian centurion since Phil Hughes, finishing the first day of the third Test against Pakistan unbeaten on 167.

After proving an excellent foil for David Warner's opening-session hundred, Renshaw then showed maturity beyond his years when he overcame a brutal bouncer to his grill on 91.

"There was a lot of concern," Warner said after play.

"Unfortunately for him he got hit in the grill but to his credit he got back up and played on. We know the protocol these days that the doctor can pull you from the ground.

"But all was clear and thankfully enough he got on his bike and played fantastic."

Renshaw admitted fearing team doctor Peter Brukner would take him from the field for concussion.

"He asked me if I was okay. I was fine. I didn't want to retire hurt on 91," Renshaw said.

"He asked me the score, who the last person out was, but I got them pretty right. I was four runs off the score, so not too bad."

It was the only time the Queenslander was off the mark on Tuesday, quickly recovering to record the sixth highest score by an Australian opener at the SCG.

His innings comes amid speculation selectors could offer Shaun Marsh a recall for next month's difficult tour of No.1 nation India.

Marsh lost his spot after breaking his finger early in the summer, but former Test captain Michael Clarke said axing Renshaw would be a "terrible move."

"(Renshaw has) played really well. He's left the ball well, he's defended the ball well. He deserves a lot of credit," Clarke said during the commentary on the Nine Network.

"There's been talk that Australia aren't going to take him to India, that Shaun Marsh will open in place of him. I think it'd be a terrible move."

Renshaw was solid on debut in a win over South Africa in November before making his mark with an impressive 77 against Pakistan in the series-opener in Brisbane.

Marsh recently made his anticipated return from injury for the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League, but has failed to reach double figures in three innings.

"I can understand why they'd take Shaun but (Renshaw) is only 20 years of age. He needs to go to India and see the conditions. The best education you can get is going there and playing," Clarke said.

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