Langer aware Bancroft will receive hostile reception from England fans

Australia coach Justin Langer believes an Ashes return for Cameron Bancroft would be “a great story” but knows it is likely to go down badly with England fans.

Bancroft is in line to open the batting in Thursday’s series opener at Edgbaston, joining Steve Smith and David Warner as Australia prepare to select all three of the players who were banned for their roles in the sandpaper ball-tampering scandal.

Smith and Warner have already experienced plenty of boos and jeers from the stands during the World Cup, but the addition of the man who actively scratched the surface of the ball – and subsequently lied about it – is likely to up the ante again.

Justin Langer believes Bancroft's return would be a
Justin Langer believes Bancroft’s return would be a “great story” (David Davies/PA)

“It would be a great story if he comes back into the team. His development after what happened in Cape Town has been extraordinary,” said Langer.

“We know what the reception is going to be. There’s nothing we can do about it. We don’t know (how he will cope) actually, but we’ll find out.

“He’s a good kid and as tough as anyone you could meet. To endure the scrutiny of the past 14 months, especially the first part of it, I think he’s had a pretty good dress rehearsal.”

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