A patient opening batsman with a sound technique, Bancroft made a debut for Australia as a batsman/keeper in a T20I against India in Sydney early in 2016. He enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2014-15 when he finished third on the Sheffield Shield run tally with 896 runs at 47.15. The highlight of his summer was a maiden double-century: he batted for more than 13 hours in scoring 211 against New South Wales, proof of the high price he places on his wicket.
A call-up for Australia A followed and he used his feet and the sweep to great effect in negating India A’s spinners when he made 150 in Chennai. Bancroft was then named in Australia’s Test squad for the 2015 tour of Bangladesh, which was cancelled due to safety concerns, and he instead had to settle for another productive Shield campaign with 732 runs at 45.75. It was his attributes as a part-time glovesman that eventually brought him a T20 international debut but that did not shake the belief that it is in the longer form in which his greatest potential lies. Highly rated by his Western Australia coach Justin Langer, Bancroft had debuted for his state in one-day cricket at 18, but had to wait two more years to be given a chance in the Sheffield Shield side.
Gloucestershire signed Cameron in the 2016 County season and was rewarded by them re-signing him for the whole of 2017. Another commonplace season followed until an unbeaten 206 against Kent, spanning more than eight hours, added some substance to his season. He was then picked up by Durham where he was announced as their captain in 2019.
His Test debut came at the start of the 2017-18 Ashes and included an unbeaten 82 and then we was selected to go on the tour of South Africa. Following a year off from cricket Cameron got back to his best form which saw him selected to open the batting in the first Ashes test of 2019 in the UK.