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Mark Waugh. Photo Credit: AAP.

The Australian team is in South Africa for the ongoing four-match Test series. Cricket Australia’s (CA) Nation Selector Mark Waugh, however, reflected on the young opening batters.

“He’s a tough player with a good character. Sometimes you can be unlucky and get a good ball or a bad decision. The guys over there will assess that,” Waugh said of Bancroft to Big Sports Breakfast.

While assessing the batting strength in the Australia fold, Waugh also draws the line regarding the form of Bancroft and Renshaw.

“There’s a bit of depth there now and we’ve got a lot of players knocking on the door,” Waugh asserted.

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Mark Waugh also observed CA players. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Moreover, Waugh did not shy away from lauding the efforts of Renshaw.

“You could, but I don’t think so, I don’t think there’s any definite plan,” Waugh said regarding selection procedure.

It’s important to mention that, Steven Smith had announced the playing XI on Tuesday against the Proteas.

The 25-year-old Bancroft came as a replacement for the promising youngster Renshaw, whose dip in form saw him being sidelined for the grueling series.

“Bancroft started off well against England, especially in Brisbane, and then dropped back a little bit and went back to domestic cricket and played well there,” Waugh maintained.

Mark Waugh shows faith in Cameron Bancroft after commending Matthew Renshaw
Matthew Renshaw was dismal with the bat. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The left-handed batsman Renshaw was questioned for his technique after the scintillating start to his career. The Yorkshire-born Renshaw featured in 10 Tests for Australia.

“It was unfortunate because he had a great start to his career last year, but there’s not one player I know that hasn’t been dropped in their career,” Waugh said while considering Renshaw.

The promising youngster Renshaw has scored 623 runs at an average of 36.64 which further saw him smashing a ton and three fifties.

“It’s part of learning and developing as a player, and he’s done well since he’s been dropped,” Mark Waugh added.

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Performances for Western Australia pushed Bancroft’s case. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

On the other side, The Western Australian Bancroft is the preferred option in the 15-member squad.

However, Bancroft failed to score and went cheaply on five off 20 balls at Kingsmead in Durban on the bowling of Vernon Philander.

Soon after, the form of Bancroft was under question following the completion of the first day on Thursday.

In previous five Test appearances, Bancroft scored 179 runs at an average of 25.27. He has a solitary 50 under his belt.

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Darren Lehmann backs Bancroft. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Earlier, head coach of Australia Darren Lehmann has thrown support behind Bancroft. It included national team skipper David Warner and his deputy David Warner.

Interestingly, in such eight outings, Bancroft has reiterated the highest score of unbeaten 82 which came in the Ashes Test in Perth.

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Tahir Ibn Manzoor

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