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I think purists will still have doubts over his position as an opener in the team. His dismissals early on left fans wondering if he had a weakness in and around his front pad. As we do with any batsmen, thoughts ran to how he would perform in English conditions with Broad putting them on a dime. That question can only be answered on that day, but he played a solid hand in New Zealand when it counted.
His man of the match performance in the third test gave him plenty of serious credits. Fans and selectors alike were impressed with how he handle himself. The conditions in New Zealand weren’t the flat test wickets, like we have been producing across most of the Australian grounds for the last decade. It did, however, have shades of the wickets he is used to in Shield cricket at the GABBA. The stage was set for a genuine test of his character, and he passed with flying colors.
For me, the most impressive thing was that his 170 came off 321 balls which took him a tick over seven hours to compile. The exact innings we need from David Warner’s potential long term opener. While he still has plenty of work to do to lock the position down, he is on the right path. A string of low scores and Bancroft will pounce; he looks ready made for test cricket. If Burns can average mid 40’s on this tour, Bancroft could be waiting in line till at least next summer.
Prediction: I’m expecting a century for his personal records. But a few century opening stands would be nice, which is more important for the team.
Statistics Source: ESPNCricinfo