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Cameron Bancroft: Australia’s next cricket sensation? The Gloucestershire man set to make his Ashes debut

Cameron Bancroft set to make his debut after a stellar Sheffield Shield season

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Gloucestershire’s Cameron Bancroft could be set to make his Australian Test debut after being included in the Ashes squad for the first Test, which starts on Thursday in Brisbane.

Bancroft was a surprise inclusion, along with the likes of Tim Paine and Chad Sayers, and played his cricket with the county last season.

It has been his Sheffield Shield form that has gained interest from the national selectors, scoring 442 runs in six innings.

Here is all you need to know about the potential next star of Australian cricket.

Factfile

Age: 25

Birthplace: Attadale, Western Australia

Nickname: Bangers

Height: 6 ft

Role: Batsman/wicketkeeper

Clubs played for: Western Australia, Perth Scorchers, Gloucestershire

Has Bancroft any previous international experience?

He was originally included in the Australia squad to tour Bangladesh in 2015, but it was cancelled due to security reasons.

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Bancroft made his international debut in a Twenty20 against India in January 2016. which remains his only international appearance.

He only faced one ball, finishing 0* as Australia ended 197/5, eventually beaten by seven wickets.

As wicketkeeper, he caught Shikar Dhawan off the bowling of Shane Watson.

What has his form for Gloucestershire been like?

Bancroft struggled to make a significant amount of runs, averaging only 25, until the last County Championship game of the season against Kent.

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In an innings that lasted eight hours, Bancroft finished on 206*, including 23 fours and one six.

It was the start of an impressive few months that has earned him his call up.

What about in recent months?

The 25-year-old is coming off the back of 228* against South Australia, the home team of fellow inclusion Chad Sayers.

He has also recorded half-centuries against the likes of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

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Bancroft has played a major role with the gloves, regularly playing a part in dismissals in the longer form of the game.

What would his role be in the Ashes?

With legends like Adam Gilchrist and Brad Haddin producing some memorable wicketkeeper and batting performances in recent series, Bancroft will be hoping to add his name to that list.

Tim Paine is the other recognised wicketkeeper in the squad, and is likely to be selected as the man behind the stumps, leaving Bancroft’s main role as opening the batting alongside David Warner.

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He opens the batting for both Gloucestershire and Western Australia, and in his very first Test match will be put right into the firing line.

The middle order will consist of Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Steve Smith and Peter Handscomb.

Have any other Australians represented Gloucestershire?

Bancroft will become the latest Aussie to have plied their trade in the county, with the likes of Ed Cowan, Marcus North and Ian Harvey all representing both club and country.

Cowan played for Gloucestershire in 2012, and made his Australian debut in the 2011 Boxing Day Test against India, becoming the 18th opening batsman to score a half-century on debut.

He played one Ashes Test, scoring 0 and 14 in a losing cause before being dropped.

North scored his second Test century during the first Ashes Test in July 2009 at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, before scoring 110 at Headingley in the fourth Test.

Now 38, North enjoyed a spell at Gloucestershire from 2007-08, and retired in 2014.

Harvey is currently the assistant coach at Gloucestershire, and was part of the squad that won four one-day trophies in a row between 1999-2003.

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