In the wake of the ball-tampering controversy, Australia batsman Matt Renshaw has been added to the Australian squad ahead of the fourth and final Test against South Africa. Renshaw will fly to Johannesburg to join the Australian Test squad immediately after that Sheffield Shield final in Brisbane. Renshaw scored an unbeaten 81 off 83 in the final as Queensland won the match by 9 wickets to clinch the title. Preparations were underway to substitute Renshwaw, but it was later learnt that the southpaw will fly to South Africa only after the conclusion of the Sheffield Shield final.
Renshaw has been in tremendous form since the Christmas break. His lean form had seen him being replaced by Cameron Bancroft for The Ashes 2017-18. He last played for Australia in a Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong. He scored three centuries in as many games — 170 against Victoria, 112 against South Australia and an unbeaten 143 against Western Australia and is looking in excellent form — which played a huge role in taking Queensland Bulls in the Sheffield Shield Final.
Australia captain Steven Smith has been handed a one-match ban and was charged 100 percent of his match fee by the ICC. Bancroft, on the other hand, was left off with a fine of 75 percent of his match fee. However, both players await more sanctions from Cricket Australia (CA). Smith and vice-captain David Warner stood down just before the fourth day’s play at Newlands, paving way for wicketkeeper Tim Paine to lead the side for the first time.
South Africa lost at Cape Town by 322 runs and also tail the 4-match series 1-2.