Murdoch student gets test cricket call up

September 15, 2015

Cameron Bancroft is studying sport and health science at Murdoch University

Cameron Bancroft is studying sport and health science at Murdoch University

Murdoch University sport and health science student Cameron Bancroft has been called up to the Australian Test Cricket squad for its tour of Bangladesh in October.

It is the first time the Western Warriors opening batsman, aged just 22, has been picked for full international duty. He will be part of a 15-man squad which will play test matches in Chittagong (October 9) and Dhaka (October 17).

Mr Bancroft is part of Murdoch’s Elite Athlete Program which assists athletes competing at a national or international level to achieve their academic goals while meeting the demands of an often vigorous training and competition regime.

He has had assistance organising exams around cricket, organising assignment extensions and with choosing journalism units to go with his sport and health science units. He has been studying part time at Murdoch since 2011.

“It is fantastic to learn of Cameron’s call up and we wish him every success in Bangladesh,” said Associate Professor Corinne Reid, who is chair of Murdoch’s Elite Athlete Program.

“Murdoch offers considerable flexibility in the structure and delivery of most courses, allowing elite sports men and women like Cameron to tailor their degrees to meet academic objectives as well as the demands of their sporting commitments.”

Mr Bancroft has been selected for the test squad fresh from scoring 150 for Australia A during its tour of India and after a strong 2014-15 Sheffield Shield season with the Warriors at the top of the order.

The youngster was the third top scorer with 896 runs at an average 47.16, behind WA team-mates Adam Voges and Michael Klinger during the 2014-15 Shield campaign.

In a media release on the Western Australian Cricket Association website, national selector Rodney Marsh said: "Cameron is a player who impressed everyone on the recent A tour of India.

"He can bat for long periods of time and scored an outstanding 150 against India A in Chennai.

"On that tour he played spin well, fielded brilliantly at bat-pad and his whole demeanour was that of a player who is determined to play Test cricket.

"He scored almost 900 first-class runs last season, he’s young, hungry and he could become a very good player for us over a long period of time.”

The players are scheduled to depart from home ports on 28 September and arrive in Dhaka ahead of a tour match in Fatullah from 3 – 5 October.

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