It is rumored that Cameron Bancroft has done enough to retain his place in Australia’s Test squad for the upcoming four-match series against South Africa that will be played in March. All the 13-players who played in the recent Ashes series against England have been retained while selectors will have to decide from a pool of candidates to finalize last two spots for the South Africa series.
Joe Burns is another candidate in terms of batting department if he receives a call-up to the national side for the series. He can do a decent job at the top of the innings as well can be slotted in the middle order if required by team management for the series. Burns has suffered an injury and will probably miss out on a place in the Test squad for series in South Africa.
Matt Renshaw, Jake Weatherald might also be in the hunt for a place in the 15-man squad that will be announced in a couple of days’ time by Cricket Australia. Peter Handscomb is tipped to keep his place in the side despite being dropped after the Adelaide game against England in Magellan Ashes series. He will certainly be included as a reserve batsman in case of injuries that might happen during four-match Test series.
Mitchell Marsh played well and produced two centuries to cement his place in the lineup ahead of Peter Handscomb. The bowling department looks strong as Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc are first-choice players for the side for the South Africa series. Jackson Bird also has done a decent job as reserve pace options for Australia while Chadd Sayers could also be in the mix for a place in the Test squad.
Australian selection committee will also announce T20 squad for Trans-Tasman Tri-series featuring England and New Zealand.