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Renshaw pushes selectors with unbeaten century


West Indies 235 (Chanderpaul 119) and 35 for 0 need 274 more runs to beat Prime Minister’s XI 322 and 221 for 4 (Renshaw 101*t, Handscomb 75)

Matt Renshaw sent another strong message to the Australian cricket selectors with an unbeaten hundred on day three of the pink ball tour game against the West Indies at Manuka Oval.

Captain Josh Inglis declared the second innings of the Prime Minister’s XI at 221 for 4, four balls after Renshaw had hit his ton, with the Queenslander scoring 101 not out from 218 balls.

West Indies settled on 309 for victory and were 35 for 0 at stumps after 16 overs, with Kraigg Brathwaite on 19 and Tagenarine Chanderpaul 15, requiring another 274 on the final day.

Renshaw, who has been restored to the top of the Queensland order this season after a spell in the middle order, scored the 17th first-class century of his career and his second of the season, following an unbeaten 200 against New South Wales .

The 26-year-old, who played the most recent of his 11 Tests in 2018, added 145 for the third wicket with Peter Handscomb, after the tourists reduced the home team to 13 for 2.

Renshaw, who was the top scorer with 81 in the first innings, struggled to bunt from the start and hit just one four off his first 88 balls. Watched by Australian Premier Anthony Albanese, he played more fluidly as the innings progressed, finishing with nine caps.

Handscomb, who scored 55 in the first inning, was bowled five minutes before the dinner break by spinner Brathwaite. He did give a couple of occasions, in 41 and 54.

PM’s XI steadily picked up runs in 70 overs after quickly finishing the West Indies first innings for an 87-run lead.

Resuming at 234 for 7, the tourists added just one run from a no-ball before their innings ended in the second over of the day.

Pacemaker Mark Steketee (3-33) caught Joseph lbw and two balls later had Handscomb make a good catch by Jayden Seales on the second slip. With Raymon Reifer unable to bat, the West Indies finished 235 for 9.

By the time the Premier’s XI managed to get their lead to 100, they had already lost two wickets. Marcus Harris nailed a Seales delivery to his stumps and Henry Hunt was caught from behind stabbing a Joseph delivery.

Joseph and Seales were the most impressive bowlers, while spearhead Kemar Roach conceded just 10 from nine overs.