Fringe Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft is relieved to have posted the ton Rod Marsh’s selection panel demanded after struggling with the burden of baggy green expectation.
There’s a fine line between a Test debut in Bangladesh and the anonymity of empty Adelaide Oval on a 35 degree Sunday for Bancroft.
Grinding a fifth ton (111) in 26 first class matches against South Australia underlined why opener Bancroft, 22, was chosen to replace injured David Warner on Australia’s abandoned Test tour of Bangladesh last month.
“It was really nice to get one out of the way for the season and hopefully use this as a bit of momentum and confidence in the next games,” Bancroft said.
“Finding out that I wasn’t going to be in the squad was a weight lifted off your shoulders, you don’t have to worry about anything, just go out and score runs.”
South Australia will resume at 0-27 on day four, chasing 288 for victory against WA.
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