AS IF Matt Renshaw's week could have got any worse.
Renshaw was last week axed from the Australian Test team for this week's opening match of the Ashes at the Gabba, starting Thursday.
The Queensland opener was punted following a slow start to the Sheffield Shield season which saw him fail to reach 20 in six innings.
The 21-year-old was axed in favour of West Australia's Cameron Bancroft, who racked up a stunning 228 not out on the eve of Test selection.
Renshaw, a rookie with 10 Tests to his name, was invited to the house of Queensland captain Khawaja following his selection snub.
"I've talked to him a little bit," said Khawaja, who was recalled to the Test team at No. 3.
"He came to my place the other day for a few games of pool. I towelled him up. There's no mercy at the Khawaja house."
Khawaja's tough love is a sign of the regard he holds for Renshaw, who scored 184 against Pakistan in his last Test in Australia.
Renshaw has taken his axing in his stride and it's that attitude that makes Khawaja believe he has plenty of Test cricket ahead of him.
"He's one of those kids - it's one of his greatest attributes I reckon - as hard as things can get, you always feel like he's not in a place where he can't come out of it," he said.
"He's really head strong and that's a good thing. Not in a bad way ... he's very receptive to feedback. Whenever I talk to him, he always listens.
"He's one of those guys you feel can score runs no matter the situation. He's got that ability to block things out.
"This is the toughest period he's had so far. The beauty is it's a learning curve and he's only 21. I'm positive he's going to play a lot more Test cricket. Positive."
Renshaw did not get the opportunity to find some form for club side Toombul at the weekend after their match against University of Queensland was washed out.
The England-born left-hander has pledged to fight his way back into the Test arena and is hopeful of featuring for Australia at some time during the Ashes.
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