Australia's Matthew Renshaw could be the star of the Ashes, says Adam Gilchrist.
Australia's Matthew Renshaw could be the star of the Ashes, says Adam Gilchrist. Rajanish Kakade

Renshaw Australia's X-Factor, says Adam Gilchrist

TEST great Adam Gilchrist believes Matt Renshaw could be the sleeping giant of the Ashes.

Gilchrist said the Queenslander's renowned patience could be pivotal weapon in a contest between two even teams.

"We are expecting big things from Smith and Warner but Renshaw is the sleeping giant," Gilchrist said at the Gabba as he helped launch XXXX as the official beer of the Australian cricket team.

"He can play a really critical role this summer. If he can bat time and occupy the crease like he has shown strong glimpses of this summer that will allow the batting order to bat around him."

The Ashes series has additional lustre for Renshaw for his family hails from northern England and are long time friends of the family of English captain Joe Root.

Gilchrist launched XXXX's new Goldy caps which are expected to have a heavy presence in Ashes crowds as any Goldy-wearer who catches a six will receive $10,000.

It is 10 years in January since Gilchrist played the last of his 96 Tests but the Australian game still shudders in his wake.

Since Gilchrist hammered 17 Test tons and accrued a stunning batting average of 47.6 Australia - and most nations - have never felt comfortable choosing a keeper who struggles with the bat.

His deeds made Brad Haddin's excellent 66 Test career seem less than it was and now Peter Nevill and Matthew Wade are auditioning as much as batsmen as keepers for the right to don the gloves at the Gabba on November 23.

Even though he changed the game Gilchrist has reservations about the obsession with keepers batting efforts.

"I have concerns the next three Shield games that all the scrutiny on the wicketkeepers will be how many runs they score," he said.

"Modern cricket demands that everyone is able to contribute. We have seen in Tests that even bowling positions have been decided by who can contribute with the bat."

Gilchrist says he has no preferred choice for the hotly disputed Test keeping position but will no have no complaints if Matthew Wade is retained.

"As a player you hoped for consistency of message from selectors and I just feel since Wadey came back in he had six Tests in a row in the most trying conditions in the subcontinent.

"He did not punch out the big scores - but a lot of the batsmen didn't either - and I think he kept pretty well.

"As a player you would hope their might be some sort of opportunity to at least start the series here but I am not pushing either way."