[caption id="attachment_873873" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-873873" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Cameron-Bancroft-AFP.jpg" alt="Ashes 2019, The Ashes 2019, England vs Australia, England, Australia, Cameron Bancroft, David Warner, Steve Smith, ball-tampering" width="628" height="329" /> Bancroft, 26, is set to open the batting in Thursday's first Test at Edgbaston, with Australia's top order also likely to feature David Warner and Steve Smith. @ AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/australia/news/">Australia</a> coach <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/justin-langer/news/">Justin Langer</a> says an <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/ashes-2019">Ashes 2019</a> return for <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/cameron-bancroft/news/">Cameron Bancroft</a> would be "a great story" but knows he will face a hostile reception from England fans after his <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/ball-tampering">ball-tampering</a> ban. <p></p> <p></p>Bancroft, 26, is set to open the batting in Thursday's first Test at Edgbaston, with Australia's top order also likely to feature <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/david-warner/news/">David Warner</a> and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/steven-smith/news/">Steve Smith</a>. <p></p> <p></p>If that is the case, it would mean all three players who were banned for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year would be in Australia's XI. <p></p> <p></p>Smith and Warner have already experienced plenty of boos from English crowds during the recent <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/icc-world-cup-2019">ICC Cricket World Cup 2019</a>. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/ashes-2019-david-warner-cleared-fit-for-edgbaston-test-873848">David Warner cleared for Edgbaston Test</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>Bancroft, not selected for the one-day tournament, will almost certainly experience more of the same given he was the one who actually applied sandpaper to the ball during a Test away to South Africa in a blatant flouting of cricket's rulebook. "It would be a great story if he comes back into the team," Langer said at Edgbaston on Tuesday. <p></p> <p></p>"His development after what happened in Cape Town has been extraordinary." <p></p> <p></p>Langer, a former Australia opener, said: "We know what the reception is going to be. There's nothing we can do about it. We don't know (how he will cope) actually, but we'll find out. <p></p> <p></p>"He's a good kid and as tough as anyone you could meet. To endure the scrutiny of the past 14 months, especially the first part of it, I think he's had a pretty good dress rehearsal." <p></p> <p></p>Langer confirmed batsman <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/usman-khawaja/news/">Usman Khawaja</a>, who missed Australia's World Cup semi-final defeat by England at Edgbaston with a hamstring injury, had been passed fit and would play in the opening match of the five-Test series. "He's a seasoned pro for us, he averages 40-odd in Test cricket, his hammy is good, he's running well, he's passed all the fitness tests, so he's ready to go," Langer said. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/ashes-2019-steve-waugh-sounds-steve-smith-warning-to-england-ahead-of-first-test-873596">Steve Waugh sounds Steve Smith warning to England ahead of first Test</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>Fast bowler <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/james-pattinson/news/">James Pattinson</a> is also set to feature in what would be his first Test since February 2016, lining up alongside <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/pat-cummins/news/">Pat Cummins</a> and one of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/mitchell-starc/news/">Mitchell Starc</a>, Peter Siddle or Josh Hazlewood in Australia's pace attack. <p></p> <p></p>"There's probably three to be fair Starcy, Peter Siddle and Josh Hazlewood for one spot," added Langer. <p></p> <p></p>Australia hold the Ashes but have not won a Test series away to England since 2001.