Cameron Bancroft © Getty Images
Cameron Bancroft © Getty Images

The 22-year-old right-handed batsman Cameron Bancroft, who has received maiden call-up in the 15-member Australian Test side for the tour of Bangladesh, says he is confident of good show in case he gets to make debut. Bancroft was named after as many as five frontline players retired from Test cricket, throwing Australian cricket team in to the rebuilding phase once again. Bancroft, who hails from Western Australia, will have to compete with the likes of Joe Burns, Shaun Marsh and the returning Usman Khawaja if he has to make it into the playing eleven. Australia will be travelling to Bangladesh for a two-Test series in October.

Bancroft told Cricket Australia’s (CA) website, “The fact is we’ve got a really strong squad going over there. There’s a lot of good batsmen but all you can do is be ready to go, do what you can control and be in the nets and be 100 per cent prepared so if you do get that chance you’re ready to go.” ALSO READ: Adam Gilchrist believes Cameron Bancroft can replace Chris Rogers in Australia’s Test side

Bancroft was on his way to training when Australia’s chief selector Rod Marsh called him up to inform about the selection. The young cricketer did not waste any time in calling back Marsh. “When you get the call and told you’re going on a Test tour, you immediately get a sense of belief, that people believe you have a formula and a game that can work at that level,” he said.

“I’ve got a lot to improve on and learn still but it’s nice to have a backing and a belief that you’ve got a game that can be successful. I never really thought of age being a determining factor. It’s about being comfortable in your own mind and your own game that you can do it. I certainly feel like I’m in a good place to take that opportunity if it comes,” he added.

“The reality is you can’t take anything for granted, you’re not gifted anything, you’ve got work hard and earn it. If you go out there and think you’re safe, you’re just going to get spat out,” he added.

Bancroft scored a crucial 150 against India A in Chennai and there is no doubt that it played a crucial role in his selection in the Australian cricket team. Talking about the tour of India, Bancroft said, “I think I had very good plans when I was on the A tour. I worked really hard on the sweep shot and using my feet to spin and being comfortable with the ball spinning a lot. It’s going to be a challenge (in Bangladesh conditions). But if you can have some plans and ways to score and be comfortable out there, that’s key.”

Bancroft has a double century to his name in the Sheffield Shield — an innings of utmost importance to his career. The right-hander spent more than 13 hours batting, and faced as many as 567 deliveries. He scored 211 that included 22 fours and a six, and knows the value of big innings.

Bancroft shared, “The belief I got in myself that I was able to concentrate and stay sharp for as long as I did was the biggest thing I got out of that. Playing longer-form cricket you’ve got to be patient, go through the ebbs and flows. You’re always going to learn and improve your ability to pick up the run-rate as you go. I’ve learned that over the years.

“Patience is a strength of mine and now it’s about building on all those other things that make you become a complete player and a more consistent player,” Bancroft concluded.