The 22-year-old Renshaw made his BBL debut last year and credited his inaugural stint with the Heat for invigorating his playing career, which saw him embark on a dramatic 2018 run-scoring spree.
Before a finger injury ended an English county stint with Somerset, the tall left-hander had scored 1,139 first class runs in six months, as well as earning a Test recall to the national side and helping Queensland win the 2017-18 Sheffield Shield title.
Renshaw played one game for the Heat, scoring 22 from 19 balls against the Melbourne Renegades at the Gabba, but noted the benefits to his career came from immersing himself in the T20 experience.
“I got to train alongside players like Brendon McCullum and Chris Lynn and see how they went about preparing themselves, and the type of skills they emphasized,’’ he said.
“It was a different training environment for me and an enjoyable change in terms of the batting skills required, which I had the chance to try out in Premier Cricket with my club Toombul in that window.”
“But I also had a great chance to increase my physical training workload and that helped with the second half of the season, simply because I was fitter and felt fresh. It was also a great chance to take stock mentally, look and learn, and identify what worked best for me,” he said.
Renshaw said he was about four weeks away from picking up a bat after breaking the top joint of his left index finger during his Somerset stint, which featured three centuries including a ton in his County debut.
He has been named in the Australia ‘A’ squad to tour India from next month, where they will play one-day games against India ‘A’ and South Africa ‘A’ and first class matches against India ‘A’.
Renshaw is the 14th player announced for the Heat for BBL|08, which will feature more matches than ever this summer.
Brisbane Heat General Manager Andrew McShea welcomed the retention of Renshaw.
“Matt really made the most of his first BBL season with the Heat and we were all delighted to see him hit his straps in the first half of the year,’’ he said.
“He impressed the coaching and support staff with his willingness to learn and work hard and we’re very pleased he has agreed to come on board for BBL|08,’’ he said,
McShea also confirmed that teenage Pakistan leg-spinner Shadab Khan and the Heat had agreed to terminate the second year of his contract due to his increased playing commitments with Pakistan, which saw him make his Test debut recently during the series in England.
The Heat will now move to sign a second international player for the coming season.
The Heat have announced the following contracted players for BBL|08:
Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Brendan Doggett, Sam Heazlett, Marnus Labuschagne, Chris Lynn, Brendon McCullum (int), James Pattinson, Jimmy Peirson, Matthew Renshaw, Alex Ross, Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson.