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Steven Smith has shown great belief in Cameron Bancroft. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

An impressive opener in the form of Cameron Bancroft had a massive assignment which saw him having a mixed Magellan Ashes 2017-18 campaign on the home soil, as Australia skipper Steven Smith remarked the Western Australia-based batsman has all in him to open the innings.

“The more he plays he’s going to continue to improve and get better,” Smith said of Bancroft as he was quoted by Cricket.com.au.

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Cameron Bancroft had grabbed the headlines for the headbutt scene with Jonny Bairstow. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

During the toughest international entrance, the 25-year-old batsman Bancroft has scored 179 runs in eight innings which saw him registering his highest score of 82 in the first Test at Gabba in Brisbane.

The second innings knock of Bancroft has handed the 10-wicket win to Australia in the Gabba Test which saw him playing some delightful strokes.

Moreover, Smith, who has been the top-scorer in the recently-concluded Ashes 2017-18 campaign reiterated Bancroft’s inclusion would be in the benefit of Australian side adding he is hopeful to see Cricket Australia selectors showing some confidence in the player.

“If the selectors keep the faith and I hope they do, and then it will only be good for him and good for the group,” Smith maintained.

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Cameron Bancroft has struggled against the short-pitch ploy. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Regarding the future of Bancroft, Smith has been vocal about his abilities as the former’s selection would be interesting – to figure out for the South Africa series, but the leader has been backing the youngster.

“He’s worked hard and hasn’t scored as many runs as he would have liked throughout this series,” Smith asserted.

With the selection of Bancroft which remains still a big question for South African shores, the batting mainstay of Australia Smith believes the batsman is a promising prospect and has the lot on offer for the national side at the top.

“But he’s a good young player, he’s a great character, he’s got a great work ethic,” Smith concluded.

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Cameron Bancroft earned the call-up after brilliant domestic-run. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The main problem with Bancroft has been that he got the starts, but simultaneously failed to convert them into the decent scores.

With his recent performance, Bancroft has put himself at the risk before Australia is bound to fly to the Rainbow Nation.

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It would be a tough call for the selectors to pick the squad for South Africa even witnessing the Ashes being sealed by hosts. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

However, Bancroft was focusing on giving his best which saw the hosts’ all-round performances delivering best as a unit to wrap up the five-match traditional series 4-0.

Australia is scheduled to play the four-match Test series which is scheduled to kick off on March 1 at the Kingsmead in Durban.

However, the series will be culminated with the fourth Test at New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg between March 30 and April 3.

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Tahir Ibn Manzoor

Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Cricket Addictor, who follows cricket like food and he has a great affection for the long-form journalism. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor