Left-hand drive is the right approach

LEFT-handed batsmen of the world unite.

Or at least in Queensland anyway.

All the talk this week has been about a certain left-hander and why hasn't he been playing for Australia.

Usman Khawaja doesn't need this particular mollydooker to speak up and deliver the case for him playing against the Black Caps in the ODI and Test series in New Zealand, and then in the World T20 squad.

The sheer weight of runs he has scored has done a pretty darn good job of advocating for his inclusion.

I would be pretty astonished if he doesn't play in the next game in Wellington tomorrow, although I would feel for Shaun Marsh (another lefty) if he is squeezed out as he has done very little wrong in the ODI arena.

Australia's opening loss to the Kiwis was a bad one, but highlights that scoreboard pressure and a good pace attack that knows how to play in its own conditions, is usually a tough beast to overcome.

Having coach Darren Lehmann (a left-hander back in the day) on deck will help the Aussies regain their composure.

Look out for a special effort from Dave Warner (lefty) too - he is due to produce a special knock.

There's a theme going here so I am sticking with it. The Queensland Bulls have the upper-(left) hand in their Sheffield Shield clash against South Australia thanks to some great work by two of our most impressive young players.

Matthew Renshaw and Sam Heazlett are young left-handers (of course) who really have the world at their feet.

Renners is 19 and Sammy is 20 and they have seized the moment to shine since getting their first class call-up.

Renners loves batting.

He is a bit like the legendary Queensland and Australian left-hander Matthew Hayden in that regards - the tales used to go around that Haydos would wear out a bowling machine with the amount of time he spent in the nets.

Against NSW in Mackay, Renners batted for more than a day and a half to score 170 which shows he has an appetite for the ball coming onto the bat.

Sammy has that knack of being able to score quickly without seeming to break a sweat. He has a lot of scope in his game.

There was another top effort in the Bulls camp with the bat too - Jack Wildermuth scored his maiden first class ton and the "Mooth" couldn't have been happier.

But he's a right-hander and that spoils this column's theme, so I will have to save him for the right occasion down the track.


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