Cameron Bancroft is determined to learn from his mistakes and will stay true to himself as he received a recall to Australia’s Test squad for the upcoming Ashes series in England.
Bancroft was included Australia’s 17-man for the five-match series that gets underway in Birmingham on Thursday.
The batsman, along with David Warner and Steve Smith, will be in line to play his first Test since being banned for the sandpaper scandal that rocked Australian cricket last year.
Warner and Smith were part of Australia’s World Cup campaign in England but it will be Bancroft’s first involvement with the national side since he was caught applying sandpaper to a ball in a Test against South Africa in Cape Town in March 2018.
Bancroft told reporters: “One of the big lessons that I learnt last year was about being true to yourself.
“There is no doubt that I wasn’t as true to myself as I could have been at times.
“You learn from those mistakes that you make and you try and be better moving forward.
“At the end of the day, what you do and your actions are completely up to you. I made a mistake and I’ll learn from it and move forward and get better.”
The 26-year-old Bancroft also accepts that he will receive some abuse from the crowds in the UK but wants to use it in a positive way.
The opening continued: “It doesn’t bother me too much. It is what it is. People will react how they want to react.
“Hopefully I can use it if people want to be like that, to give you energy to perform well.”