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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Ruthven

Bancroft has "unfinished business" and his time will come

West Australian opener Cameron Bancroft believes his time will come, despite initial disappointment after Australian selectors snubbed him out of a spot in the Australian Test squad. 

Despite producing two exceptional seasons in Sheffield Shield, Bancroft was overlooked to replace Warner in the West Indies, and upcoming New Zealand test series. 

Instead, Queenslander Matt Renshaw was picked up, while Steve Smith was promoted to the top of the order and Cameron Green replaced him at four. 

Speaking to SportFM, Bancroft admits this decision took some time to reconcile with. 

“I emotionally was really, really disappointed and it's something that I want. I wanted that opportunity to get back and play for my country again, do my country proud. I just feel like I have some unfinished business in that space,” he said.  

“There was still some consolation to come out of that little period of time. It took me a few days to pick myself back up and remind myself of what I need to do and get back to and enjoy doing. 

“My time will come, all I can do, I guess is just play as good cricket as I can for WA and set a good example there and hopefully win more titles there. That's what it all comes back to, but definitely emotionally, it did hit me a lot. I guess the consolations, they're just things that I'll hold on to and keep moving forward.” 

Across two summers of Shield Cricket, Bancroft has topped the runscorers charts, accumulating nearly two thousand runs. 

In addition, his stellar efforts were also recognised in the recent Australian Cricket Awards, being named the 2023/24 Domestic Player of the Year.

While the selectors have repeatedly laid out what more needs to do, Bancroft says he is focusing on keeping energy high and continuing to knock the door down. 

“Runs are the currency, and they obviously made the decision and felt the way that they did around that period and what they've done with the squad there,” he said. 

“I know that opportunities and, George Bailey mentioned this to me, that opportunities moving forward will present themselves and I'm still very much in their minds and picture for that to happen. 

“They're just things that I think are important for me to keep holding onto and try and keep my energy high and remind myself of what's important at the moment and that's obviously just playing as good cricket as I can. 

“I think just probably maybe two thousand more runs, but just keep knocking the door down and keep doing those things.”

Bancroft will head to Sydney with the WA squad to play New South Wales in Marsh Cup final this Sunday. 

The West Aussies will be looking for their third consecutive one-day title, as they come up against a side they haven’t beaten this season.

However, Bancroft believes they’re beatable and history is on the West Aussies’ side.

“When Sam Whiteman comes off, he goes, I'm sick of losing to these blokes. He's not alone and we've historically over the years played pretty well against New South Wales. 

“This year it's just been one of those one of those times in the games that we've played them but we know that they're a very beatable team. They've got some really good players in their team.

“I think we can really put up a strong performance and make them really earn it and work for it. Obviously, history shows the success that we've had and I think that's a really important bit of confidence for us to hold.”

IMAGE: The Cricketer


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