“With Marnus opening the batting, he’s walking out at one for none anyway. David Warner has been a walking wicket for two years now.
“At least he knows when he’s going to bat, he can prepare and go out and bat. It’s not a big leap to go from batting at three to opening the batting.”
Cowan believes Bancroft, after topping the Sheffield Shield run-scorers’ list for the past two summers, should be the next cab off the rank as a specialist opener but the Australian selectors appear reluctant to give him another chance at Test level, perhaps due to his role in the 2018 ball-tampering scandal.
“I feel as though Bancroft has a huge mark against his name,” he said.
“When the leading run-scorer two years in a row in domestic cricket, the person who has also had some success at Test level and over 10 years has shown a mental fortitude that many would dream of, for him not to be front and centre of selection discussions, externally, as in the team openly talking about Cameron Bancroft, then it’s hard to wonder just in fact where his cards are marked and how.”
Bailey and coach Andrew McDonald have stated that Warner has only been selected for Thursday’s first Test against Pakistan in Perth at this stage although they have given no indication that they are considering denying him the planned farewell at the SCG, nearby where he grew up in Sydney’s east.