Cameron Bancroft is preparing to wear the baggy green for the first time in the Ashes cauldron against old rivals England but the uncapped Australian thought his chance was gone in 2015, according to former Test batsman Adam Voges.
Bancroft was set to make his Test debut two years ago but the cancellation of Australia's Bangladesh tour due to safety concerns robbed him of that dream.
However, the 25-year-old is in line to step out as a Test player in Brisbane on Thursday, replacing Matt Renshaw thanks to his blistering form for Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield, including scores of 76 not out, 86 and 228 not out.
Voges, who featured in the 2015 Ashes series against England and was a Western Australia team-mate of Bancroft's, revealed the in-form batsman struggled to get over the abandonment of the Bangladesh trip.
"Cameron made it impossible for selectors not to pick him. That's what I love to see – guys completely bashing the door down," Voges, 38, told Omnisport.
"While it's tough on Renshaw, he is young and probably out of a bit of form at the moment. I think that was the right call to leave him out heading into such a big series without many runs under his belt. I'm sure he'll get other opportunities."
Voges continued: "Cameron will relish it [the occasion]. The build-up and the hype, it's certainly more than other series that you tend to play in.
"I'm sure he's enjoying all of that at the moment. I think the biggest thing for him is knowing that his game is in really good order. He scored some big runs at the start of the season. I think the runs that both he and Shaun [Marsh] got against virtually the Test attack, held really good weight. I'm sure they took a lot of confidence out of that.
"I've obviously watched Cameron really closely over the last few years. He was terribly disappointed that the Bangladesh tour didn't go ahead.
"It probably took him a little while to get over that, thinking that may've been his opportunity to get a baggy green."
While the selection of Bancroft was not a huge surprise, the decision to recall Tim Paine and Shaun Marsh to the Test arena was.
Paine was plucked from the Test wilderness ahead of wicketkeepers Matthew Wade and Peter Nevill, despite last featuring for Australia in the five-day format in 2010.
The 32-year-old's return raised eyebrows due to his lack of time behind the wickets, having not kept for Tasmania in the Sheffield Shield this season.
"Whenever an Ashes squad is picked, there's always been some debate. I guess there's been one particular left-field selection that many didn't see coming. I certainly didn't see it. I thought it would've been Peter Nevill or Matthew Wade," Voges added.
"I know Tim really well. He's a good mate. I think he would've been the first to say he was surprised with it as well. It's a bold call to pick someone who hasn't done a lot of keeping for their state in the last couple of years. It's a gut call or going with their hunch really more than performance or anything like that.
"Time will tell. Selectors will be hoping that they've got it right. Knowing Tim, I'm sure he's capable of doing the job. But it's really tough for him in my opinion. To be thrown into the Ashes cauldron on the back of not playing a lot of first-class cricket. It's going to be a tough ask for him, but knowing him, he will be up for the challenge."
As for Marsh, the 34-year-old received an eighth Test recall and is set to bat at number six despite scoring just 236 runs at 39.33 in the Sheffield Shield.
But ex-Western Australia team-mate Voges said: "Shaun, when he's playing well and his body is holding up which is the most important thing, he's definitely in our top six batters in the country.
"He's scored four Test hundreds, which barring the other guys in the squad, I don’t think anyone outside of that has scored more. He has a lot of experience at international level now. To go into such a big series like the Ashes, hitting the ball pretty well, I see that as a good selection."
|Havertz´s future lies with Bayer Leverkusen – sporting director Boldt|
|Socceroos boss Arnold excited for future|
|South Africa triumph on Gold Coast in truncated T20 clash|
|Germany without Draxler for Netherlands game|
|Barcelona confirm Rakitic hamstring injury|
|Rain halts England´s post-tea flourish|
|Australia 1 South Korea 1: Luongo seals late draw for Socceroos|
|Irving thrives on ´peace´ of being in the zone|
|Lloris admits France could have lost by more|
|Dybala impressed by Argentina´s improved spirit|
|Arsenal chief confirms Super League talks|
|Hooker knocks out Saucedo to retain WBO strap|
|NBA wrap: Kyrie Irving sizzles as Celtics beat Raptors in overtime|
|Jimmy Butler aims dig at Timberwolves following 76ers home debut|
|Koeman surprised by dominant Netherlands|
|Southgate rallies England ahead of Nations League decider|
|Chile 2 Costa Rica 3: Waston brace sinks La Roja|
|Tite inspired by Guardiola´s City|
|Argentina 2 Mexico 0: Funes Mori´s header helps to sink El Tri|
|Lovren ready for ´fiery´ England clash|
|Brazil captain Neymar pleased with stern Uruguay test|
|Ravens´ Flacco doubtful, Jackson could start|
|Richarlison: I want to be at the Copa America|
|Tabarez buoyed by inexperienced Uruguay|
|Howell fires 64 again to extend RSM Classic lead|
|I´m proud of them - Giggs still upbeat despite Denmark defeat|
|Mancini ´very sorry´ for Ronaldo absence|
|Neymar clinches anything-but-friendly win for Brazil over Uruguay|
|Cipriani-inspired Gloucester thrash Tigers|
|Djokovic makes it three wins from three at ATP Finals|
|Germany relegated from Nations League top tier to cap miserable 2018|
|Fulham will back Ranieri in January transfer window if required|
|Brazil 1 Uruguay 0: Neymar penalty settles tight contest|
|Netherlands 2 France 0: Wijnaldum & Depay decisive as Germany are relegated|
|Wales 1 Denmark 2: Jorgensen and Braithwaite seal Nations League promotion|
|Oxlade-Chamberlain targeting early return|
|New Zealand-born Aki will ´relish´ facing All Blacks – Marmion|
|Portugal cannot focus on absent Ronaldo - Santos|
|Ramsey reiterates he wants to stay with Jaguars despite cryptic tweet|
|We tried to hit a home run and it didn´t work out - D´Antoni explains Carmelo exit|
|West Ham´s Zabaleta backs Premier League´s VAR introduction|
|Southgate eyes winning end to England´s ´brilliant year´|
|Patient Zverev seizes opportunity to make amends at ATP Finals|
|Rodgers: Packers still believe they can make playoffs|
|Mahomes hoping to ketchup to Heinz´s touchdown target|
|Ranieri tells Fulham fans not to expect repeat of Leicester ´fairytale´|
|Brown to leave role as RFU chief executive|
|Croatia star Rakitic ruled out of England clash|
|Capital gains for Zverev as he secures last-four spot in London|
|Sancho rise continues with Player of the Month award|
|Jones-Buchanan, Ablett and Briscoe sign new Rhinos deals|
|Root leads from the front as aggressive England assume control|
|Croatia´s Lovren antagonises Ramos and ´rude´ Spain|
|Rakitic has ´enormous respect´ for England ahead of Nations League decider|
|Ireland make flanker switch with Leavy out of All Blacks clash|
|Pakistan rip through Black Caps in Abu Dhabi|
|WATCH: Barcelona mark 15-year anniversary of Messi´s first match|
|Sterling, that you? - Walker uses falling fan to poke fun at England team-mate|
|Fleetwood applies pressure on Molinari, Wallace leads in Dubai|
|Don´t talk to me about VAR – Rakitic not over World Cup final loss|
|Van Dijk leadership essential for Liverpool – Wijnaldum|
|Dalic: Croatia´s bench was ready to stop Spain!|
|Sublime Root century gives England imposing lead|
|Vinicius appreciates Solari influence at Real Madrid|
|Havertz would suit Bayern Munich – Kimmich|
|Wilder: Roach recruitment a sign of Fury nerves|
|Ranieri targets defensive improvements at failing Fulham|
|PSG close investigation into player recruitment practices after finding no discrimination|
|Mayweather: Nasukawa exhibition back on|
|Witsel: Joining Borussia Dortmund my best career decision|