Aussie opener Cameron Bancroft will get to know whether he gets selected for the series against South Africa when the national selectors sit to pick the team for the four-match series on Monday. Barring Bancroft the team is expected to remain the same, especially after a sensational Ashes series. Bancroft who made his debut in the series managed to score at an average of only 25.57 and couldn’t muster a century. However, the rest of the batsmen piled on the runs which ensured Australia thumped England by a 4-0 margin.

However, he is expected to retain his spot especially due to the backing of head coach Darren Lehmann and skipper Steve Smith. There are no Sheffield Shield matches available for Bancroft to prove himself but he has done his chances of getting picked no harm especially after scoring a couple of half-centuries after returning to the Big Bash League for the Perth Scorchers.

Bancroft’s technique was not ideal during his debut series as he was unstable especially during the earlier part of his innings. In the upcoming 4 match series against the Proteas, he is expected to face a sterner challenge. The South African pace brigade comprising of Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada and Lungisani Ngidi can him some serious problems once Australia travels to the rainbow nation.

There are few other contentions for the opener’s slot especially the likes of Matt Renshaw, Joe Burns and Jake Weatheald especially after the duo had an impressive season for the first half of the Sheffield Shield season. Peter Handscomb’s place in the side is also in doubts especially after getting dropped from the first two Ashes Test.

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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.

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