Matt Renshaw bats during a practice session in Mumbai.
Matt Renshaw bats during a practice session in Mumbai. Rajanish Kakade

'Keep it simple', Warner tells Renshaw

CRICKET: David Warner has told fellow opener Matt Renshaw to get back to basics after the Queenslander failed to shine in a drawn tour game against India A in Mumbai.

Renshaw is under pressure for a starting spot in the first Test against India in Pune starting Thursday from Shaun Marsh, who made a century in Australia's first innings at Brabourne Stadium.

The 20-year-old left-hander, who opened in the last four Tests of the Australian summer, scored 10 and 11 in his two innings in Mumbai.

Coach Darren Lehmann suggested last month that Renshaw could lose his spot in India despite scoring 184 in his most recent Test knock at the SCG.

Renshaw, Marsh or Usman Khawaja are in line to open alongside Warner on Thursday .

Khawaja was the only batsman left out of the tour game but could still come in at the top of the order if selectors want to leave Marsh in the middle order.

Warner said he could only concentrate on what he needed to do but did have some advice for Renshaw.

"For me it's about preparing and getting ready for the Test myself and then once the team is announced, then we work as a partnership," Warner, who scored 25 and 35 in Mumbai, said.

"When you're young and come into this environment, you're going to be thrown a lot of ideas.

"I just said to him (Renshaw), 'keep it simple, and you're going to have learn and learn fast.'"

The other posers for Australian selectors are the all-rounder's spot and who will take the No.1 spinner's role.

Glenn Maxwell now looks like being overloooked for Mitch Marsh after making just one in Australia's second innings in Mumbai after being promoted to No.3.

He also didn't bowl until the 69th over of India A's innings.

Meanwhile, Steve O'Keefe could yet usurp Nathan Lyon. O'Keefe grabbed three wickets from his 24 overs, helping clean up the tail with Lyon.

Lyon recorded figures of 4-162 in 28.5 overs as India A scored 171 runs quickly in its second dig.

The off spinner was smashed for 57 in six overs as No.8 batsman Krishnappa Gowtham led the assault on Lyon.

"That's their mentality, to apply a bit of pressure on our spinners," Warner said.

"I thought he bowled very well."

News Corp Australia

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