Matt Renshaw hit an unbeaten 136 towards Pakistan in a well timed reminder to Australian selectors on Friday of his credentials to take over from David Warner when the veteran quits Check cricket.
The 27-year-old Renshaw resumed day three for the Prime Minister’s XI on 18 and patiently compiled his century from 251 balls.
It helped steer the house aspect to 367-Four at stumps in Canberra, 24 runs behind the Inexperienced Shirts, who declared at 391-9 on the again of skipper Shan Masood’s 201 not out.
The four-day match at Manuka Oval has been billed as a “bat-off” to switch the opener Warner, with Cameron Bancroft and Marcus Harris additionally in rivalry.
Warner has indicated he plans to give up the longer format after the third Check towards Pakistan on the Sydney Cricket Floor in January.
Bancroft and Harris acquired the nod to open forward of Renshaw however didn’t construct massive scores, out for 53 and 49 respectively.
Renshaw, who has been out and in of Australia’s aspect in a 14-Check profession throughout seven years, grabbed his likelihood at quantity three, cracking eight fours and a six.
All-rounder Cameron Inexperienced, who can also be combating to regain a Check spot, made 46 earlier than being caught by wicketkeeper Sarfaraz Ahmed off Faheem Ashraf.
Skipper Nathan McSweeney departed for 40 whereas Beau Webster was not out 21.