Justin Langer says Cameron Bancroft’s return to the Ashes would be ‘a great story’ but knows the opening batsman will be getting a hostile reception following his nine-month suspension from cricket.
Bancroft is likely to open the batting in Thursday's first Test at Edgbaston after his impressive 93 in a practice match few days back.
While Smith and Warner have already played for Australia following their suspensions, Bancroft is yet to represent Australia since the infamous scandal at Cape Town.
"It would be a great story if he comes back into the team," Langer said at Warwickshire headquarters.
"His development after what happened in Cape Town has been extraordinary."
Langer said he couldn’t do much about the reception but hoped Bancroft will find a way to deal with it.
"We know what the reception is going to be. There's nothing we can do about it. We don't know (how he will cope) actually, but we'll find out.
"He's a good kid and as tough as anyone you could meet. To endure the scrutiny of the past 14 months, especially the first part of it, I think he's had a pretty good dress rehearsal."
Langer confirmed Usman Khawaja’s inclusion in the side after he had been passed fit following his hamstring injury.
"He's a seasoned pro for us, he averages 40-odd in Test cricket, his hammy is good, he's running well, he's passed all the fitness tests, so he's ready to go," Langer said.
Fast bowler James Pattinson will be getting a run in what could be his first Test since February 2016. He will be lining up alongside Pat Cummins and one of Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle or Josh Hazlewood.
"There's probably three to be fair -- Starcy, Peter Siddle and Josh Hazlewood -- for one spot," added Langer.
Australia currently hold the urn but have not won a Test series in England in 18 years.