Bancroft will be ready if opportunity comes


Cameron Bancroft says he will have to earn a place in the starting team after he was selected in the Australia Test squad for the tour to Bangladesh next month.

The 22 year-old Bancroft, who along with Andrew Fekete was one of two uncapped players selected for the tour, will be one of the contenders for the opening positions after the retirement of Chris Rogers and the injury to David Warner.

With Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh and Joe Burns also in the mix, Bancroft knows it will be a tough choice for the selectors but he will be ready if the call comes.

Bancroft said: "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."

"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.

"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."

The Aussies will two Tests against the Tigers, with the first game scheduled for 9 October in Chittagong.