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Not everyone happy with batsman Renshaw

AAP logoAAP 15/12/2016 Laine Clark

The critics might have been silenced with Australian opener Matt Renshaw finally breaking the shackles on Thursday in the first Test against Pakistan in Brisbane.

But it seems Renshaw hasn't pleased everyone by ditching his "go slow" approach.

The 20-year-old revealed his parents were a chance of flying back from his sister's Adelaide graduation and seeing him bat in the final night session.

Unfortunately, he fell for an entertaining 71 by dinner.

"They told me I had to be 80 not out at the dinner break (for them to consider flying back) - I couldn't do that so I let them down," Renshaw laughed.

His parents might have attended his sister's graduation, but they missed Renshaw's own inauguration as a Test opener.

Maligned for his cautious approach on debut, Queensland's Renshaw revelled on his home track to finally announce himself as a Test force.

There were no hard feelings from Renshaw about his parents' choice.

"(Sister) Hannah's graduation is a big deal for her - it's good that they went to see her," Renshaw said.

His knock on Thursday capped a rapid rise for the 20-year-old - one that had clearly caught his family out.

Two months ago, Renshaw's parents told him they would attend his sister's Adelaide ceremony on December 15 - no matter what.

And Renshaw had to go too, despite buying first Test day-one tickets as a punter.

That seemed to be the closest he would get to the Gabba Test.

Barely six weeks ago, he was playing Brisbane grade cricket, coming back from a knee injury.

In the end, Renshaw had a pretty good excuse for missing his sister's graduation.

In his parents' absence, Renshaw's Toombul Cricket Club teammates in Hawaiian shirts cheered the big left-hander on to his debut half-century in his second Test.

His cricket mates lovingly carried a life-size cardboard cut-out of the left-handed batsman on the boundary fence.

"It was a bit strange seeing my face on a mannequin, (while I was) out there batting," Renshaw said.

"It probably helped take my mind off the game but it was good fun."

Cynics could argue the cut-out would have showed more flair than Renshaw on his shock Test debut last month against South Africa in Adelaide.

But Renshaw defied the doubters on Thursday, thrashing nine fours in his 125-ball knock.

Renshaw was even outscoring David Warner before his opening partner was trapped in front for 32, ending their 70-run stand.

It puts more pressure on recovering opener Shaun Marsh (finger) who is pushing for a Boxing Day Test nod.

For now, Renshaw seems a lock for the second Test in Melbourne.

This time, maybe even his parents will attend.

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