PERTH, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 13: Cameron Bancroft of Western Australia walks from the field at stumps during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between Western Australia and South Australia at WACA on November 13, 2017 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Several Ashes contenders failed to fire on day one of round three of the Sheffield Shield yesterday, leaving a number of spots in the batting line-up still up for grabs.

However, Western Australian gloveman Cameron Bancroft hit a superb century to throw his name back into the ring as a possible inclusion for the first Test.

With Matthew Wade struggling with both the bat and behind the stumps in recent times, he appears likely to be dropped once again.

Peter Nevill looms as the obvious replacement having previously kept wicket for the Test side.

However, 24-year-old Bancroft has continued his fine form with the bat this season, hitting an unbeaten 161 to help the Warriors to 5-381 at stumps on day one.

Bancroft’s ton follows another impressive match last week, where he hit 76 not out and 86 against a New South Wales bowling attack that featured Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.

If the national selectors opt for Nevill’s superior keeping skills behind the stumps, Bancroft could still be included in the squad at No.6, with the middle order position the most likely up for grabs at the moment.

Mitch Marsh also managed to find some runs, scoring 95 from just 110 balls for the Warriors.

Meanwhile fellow Ashes hopefuls Glenn Maxwell (4), Matthew Wade (5), Hilton Cartwright (35) and Shaun Marsh (17) all failed to impress.