Former Test opener Chris Rogers says Australia’s cricket hierarchy face heat to follow their own selection parameters entering the Ashes opener against England and pick Cam Bancroft.
Selection chairman Trevor Hohns announces Australia’s first Test side on Friday with Bancroft presenting an ironclad case to debut in Brisbane.
Steve Smith and coach Darren Lehmann last month demanded a deluge of runs as hard currency in the race for Australia’s No.6 batting and keeper slots. Western Australian Bancroft meets the criteria in both respects with an unconquered 228 against South Australia in Perth swelling his competition high aggregate to 425 runs at 141.8 this season.
“If you openly say here are three games to prove yourself and one guy goes and blitzes it against the best bowlers in Australia, New South Wales, last week then it is hard to say to him ‘nah mate you haven’t done enough’,” said Rogers.
“It is amazing what happens when that pressure goes on and start thinking about selection which you can see from a few of those performances.
“It was an interesting thing for the selectors to do, throw it up there for anyone to well and We have a couple of bolters.”
Renshaw, 21, has 70 runs at 11.9 from six first-class digs, 10 fewer than Mitchell Starc with 80 from three this season.
Selectors would be loathe to unseat an incumbent trio – 10-Test opener Renshaw, No.6 Glenn Maxwell and keeper Matt Wade. They won’t all front at the Gabba without compelling cases for retention.
Callum Ferguson was the form candidate for a Test recall at No.6 after an unbeaten 182 against Victoria. However Ferguson was run-out for 33 in Perth yesterday as SA finished 2-158 at tea, trailing WA by 355 runs on the first innings.
“Who is going to go to No.6? Now Matt Renshaw has failed again and I think Bancroft might sneak in,” Rogers told SEN’s The Run Home.
Wade, Peter Nevill and Redback Alex Carey were yet to demand an Ashes spot behind the stumps noted Rogers.
“None have done outstandingly,” said Rogers.
Rogers amassed 20,000 first-class runs before striking his maiden Test ton (110) against England at Chester-le-Street in 2013. Renshaw has just 26 first-class matches to fall back on for answers to an untimely form slump.
“To play at the highest level you need experience behind you, want to know when the chips are down how you react. That’s why there are question marks over Renshaw,” he said.
– News Corp Australia