Darren Lehmann throws support behind unimpressive Cameron Bancroft
Australia head coach Darren Lehmann his echoed the words of skipper Steven Smith while backing the opening batsman Cameron Bancroft, who has endured through a mixed recently-completed Magellan Ashes campaign had somewhat shown fizz in him before the hosts wrapped the series 4-0.
“For me, you’ve got a young guy there learning his craft, he’s got a great work ethic,” Lehmann was quoted as saying by AAP.
Even though the 25-year-old Western Australia-based batsman Bancroft has just registered a solitary five in eight innings, but Lehmann happy with the way the later while batting alongside experienced opener David Warner in the five-match traditional series on the home soil.
“I’ve been impressed with the way he’s gone about it with Davey Warner,” Lehmann explained.
In five Test matches, Bancroft scored just 179 runs in eight innings.
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Moreover, the 47-year-old former Australian Lehmann reiterated the right-handed batsman Bancroft is going to be an impressive prospect for the national side while subsequently considering the South Africa series.
Lehmann while adding the unconditional support behind Bancroft further revealed the final decision is in the hands of the Cricket Australia’s national selectors owing to the selection procedure.
The chief coach Lehmann, who is animated after the home challenge, stated team, was excited to have such promising player in the line-up.
While trying to impress the selectors, Bancroft failed to covert his starts; however, Lehmann hinted that latter could be considered when it comes to the retention policy.
“So for me moving forward, end of the day, it’ll come down to selectors but he’s a good young kid, works hard; we’re pretty happy with him,” Lehmann maintained.
Interestingly, the four-match series will be held in South Africa, and the series will be beginning with the first Test scheduled between March 1 and March 5 at Kingsmead in Durban.
However, the series will run through March 1 and April 3.
Bancroft, who scored unbeaten 82 at Gabba in Brisbane to hand Australia a comprehensive 10-wicket win alongside Warner, which further saw Lehmann being confident to see his ward having the hunger to be among runs.
“He would like bigger scores, as you always would as a batsman, but some of our starts have been exceptional, especially early on in the series, apart from Adelaide,” Lehmann concluded.
On the other side, Joe Burns and promising youngster Matthew Renshaw are there who could be in contention for the grueling series in South Africa, but it is too early to say Bancroft being overlooked, as Australia is in search of the batsman who would deliver at the top particularly in the whites.
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