Sport Cameron Bancroft thinks it's 'highly unlikely' he will be picked for the first Test

02:55  13 november  2019
02:55  13 november  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Australia opener Cameron Bancroft has been charged with altering the condition of the ball and faces a possible ban after he was caught on camera during " I don't care if it ' s Australia or South Africa, you just can't do the things it looks like we all think it ' s doing. "To me that would be really disappointing.

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Test hopeful Cameron Bancroft thinks it is 'highly unlikely' he will be picked for the first Test against Pakistan despite being the only Australia A batsman to make the most of his opportunity.

Bancroft hit 49, the only Australia A batsman to score more than 20 as they limped to a total of 122.

It was looking abysmal for the Aussies at 9/57 until Bancroft combined for a 65-run partnership with Riley Meredith (19*).

Joe Burns, in particular, put in a disappointing performance, out for a golden duck when he was supposedly batting for a spot in the Australian Test team.

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Australia's Cameron Bancroft has admitted he tampered with the ball during the third Test against South Africa - and captain Smith said it was a "big mistake" but added he would not stand down. It ' s the first time this has happened. "We will move on from this and hopefully learn something from it.

Bancroft ’ s first outing in the baggy green won Warner’ s support, encouraging the younger man to Katich compares Bancroft ’ s fitness to those of Australia’ s leadership axis. “ He ’ s got a phenomenal If not for that Bangladesh tour being cancelled, he would have been a Test player more than two years

Bancroft was a late inclusion for the match, replacing Nic Maddinson in the side after the Victorian batsman withdrew for mental health reasons.

He made the most of the opportunity and Bancroft believes the innings highlighted the stronger aspects of his game.

"I think it's something that I like to think is a strength of my game," Bancroft said post-match about his patient innings.

"Today was one of those days, tough work out there today.

"[I] was just trying to do my best out there and dig in really, it's kind of the state of the game at the time.

"It was kind of nice to spend some time out there and disappointing not to be there at the end but a lot of positives which is good.

Bancroft doesn't believe the knock will have changed his Test fortunes with the former opener thinking he is well down the pecking order.

"I have no idea [if it will help my selection], probably not," Bancroft said.

"Yeah look, it probably changes on a daily basis, doesn't it?

"Everyone wants to play don't they, we will just wait and see.

"I'm sure the people at the end of the day who are walking out there to play will be trying to do their best for Australia and that's all you can do really.

"[It's] probably highly unlikely but you know, if you're not winning you're learning, and I learned a lot today.

"[I] had a lot of positive little wins out there with my batting and I walk away and keep being positive and keep looking to improve, that's all I can do.

Bancroft was full of praise for the Pakistani bowlers and believes whoever is selected in the Test side will have their hands full facing them.

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Root said: “ It ’ s obviously disappointing that we have given them something to bring up but it ’ s come up on the first day Australia have had a good one on the Warner, who struck an unbeaten 87 as he and Bancroft broke the record for the highest unbroken opening partnership in a successful Test run

Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft was caught red handed on the big screen using an object to rough He said: "We just had discussions with the match officials. I 've been charged with attempting to Australian cricketer Cameron Bancroft appears to tamper with the ball during South Africa test .

"I think they, in particular, their quicks, I think they probably held better line and lengths for periods of time that made it challenging out there," Bancroft said.

"They definitely reaped rewards for bowling well.

"They were able to put the balls in the right area and ask questions and it always makes batting difficult.

"The pink ball has a bit of an x-factor to it, it swings early and gets soft but still has the ability to do a bit and they didn't go searching at all, they held a good area and really tested our patience.

"I'm sure a lot of us wish we could have gone out there and done it better.

"That's what we've seen today and that's what they'll look to continue to do throughout the test series."

Pakistan resume the final day of their three-day clash with Australia A at 0/7 with a lead of 313 runs.

The first Test between Australia and Pakistan kicks off on Thursday, November 21 at the Gabba.

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