Cameron Bancroft has declared he has got to have the “courage” to back himself to take the attack to the bowlers if he is to forge a long Test career.
Bancroft has yet to rubber-stamp his spot at the top of the order since replacing Matthew Renshaw ahead of the Ashes series.
He limped to 26 off 95 balls on day one of the Boxing Day Test before he was trapped lbw by Chris Woakes, his fall coming after James Anderson had troubled with him with the short ball.
The West Australian has 152 runs at 30.4 through the campaign, with his unbeaten 82 in the second innings of the Gabba Test his only notable score.
Selectors appear all but certain to retain him for the fifth Test in Sydney but his spot for the Test tour of South Africa could be debated should he fail to post a big score by the end of the Ashes.
Bancroft did share in a century stand with David Warner on Tuesday but admitted he needed to do more individually.
“I wouldn’t blame people at all for thinking that. From a team point of view, it [the century stand] is a good start, isn’t it? Personally, it’s not good enough,” he said.
“I take accountability for that 100 per cent. My job is to make big runs. I am not going to shy away from the fact that I missed out on a great opportunity [on Boxing Day] to do that. I just have to keep getting better, keep moving forward and learning from my mistakes quickly.
“If I do that, I am going to create more opportunities like that where I am going to get myself in and go big. If there is one positive, that’s probably the one.”
Speaking on ABC radio, Bancroft said he felt he was in good touch at training.
“In the nets particularly, I feel I am batting exactly how I want to be batting. I just haven’t been quite able to bring that out into the middle probably since that Brisbane game,” he said.
“Last week in Perth the way I was playing out there was perfect [he made 25]. I just missed out on a really good wicket, a good fast wicket to make some impact and get a really big score.
“[On Tuesday] I just felt I was a little bit tentative, I could have backed myself a lot more. If I did that I would have created some scoring opportunities, almost put them under a bit more pressure rather than me reacting to what they are doing. If there is one thing I would change going forward, it would be that.”
Bancroft said he needed to ensure he had a more robust attitude at the elite level.
“I have learnt that you have to play with a lot of courage out there. It’s really easy to go: ‘I am playing really well in shield cricket’ but you have got to be willing to put yourself on the line and back yourself to do that out here on the big stage where there are a lot more other things going on that you never knew were going on before,” he said.
“It has been a great learning curve but watching some of the guys in our batting line-up, your Warners and Smiths particularly, just shows how much more hard work I have to put in to be able to be anywhere near the calibre of those guys.”
Bancroft said he had been surprised by how he had reacted to the short balls from Anderson, having either misread their length or pace.
“That was really weird. Some of those balls felt like to me they should have hit me in the rib cage which was kind of the ball I was expecting. Obviously, once they got a bit more head high, I was a bit surprised. It was a little bit slow … some balls tended to bounce a bit differently off certain lengths,” he said.
“I was almost surprised myself with how poorly I played that particular ball because usually I am able to ride that ball, defend it, knock it on the head down to fine leg to get off strike.”
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