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Justin Chadwick

Renshaw ton puts Queensland in box seat against Vics

Matthew Renshaw's timely ton has steered Queensland to first-innings Shield points against Victoria. (Jono Searle/AAP PHOTOS)

Matthew Renshaw has given his hopes of a Test recall an important boost after scoring a century in Queensland's Sheffield Shield clash with Victoria in South Mackay.

In reply to Victoria's sub-par 253, Queensland reached 4-297 by stumps on day two courtesy of Renshaw's 135 from 262 balls.

Renshaw struck seven fours and three sixes during his patient knock, combining with Bryce Street (56 off 174 balls) and Joe Burns (31) to thrust the hosts into the box seat.

Jack Clayton (30no) and Jimmy Peirson (28no) will return to the crease when play resumes on Monday.

Renshaw's century was a timely one.

With David Warner to retire from Test cricket after the third Test against Pakistan in January, the race is on to replace him.

Last season's leading Shield run-scorer Cameron Bancroft and Marcus Harris are among the contenders that Renshaw will have to battle against.

Renshaw has an average of 29.3 from his 14 Tests, with his most recent appearance coming in India in February this year.

The 27-year-old returned scores of 0, 2 and 2 during that tour, and he'll be aiming to make amends for that low run of scores if he gets another chance in the baggy green this summer.

Mitchell Perry was the pick of Victoria's bowlers on Sunday with 3-46, but the day belonged to Queensland.

Renshaw's big knock was finally brought undone when he edged Perry through to the keeper.

Victoria lost their opening Shield clash of the season to Western Australia by an innings and 53 runs, and they were deep trouble against Queensland after slumping to 4-41 on day one.

Matt Short's 100 off 175 balls ensured the Bushrangers reached a somewhat respectable total, but Queensland took complete control of the match courtesy of Renshaw's heroics.

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