Before the start of the Ashes, former Australia skipper Steve Waugh had hailed Cameron Bancroft as the best short-leg fielder. Waugh, who is with the Australian team as a consultant, was amazed with Bancroft’s bravery and desire to field at a position which is among the least preferred by the cricketers.
“The one thing I have been amazed by is Cameron Bancroft’s short-leg practice,” Waugh said prior to the first Ashe Test at Edgbaston.
“When we were playing, no-one wanted to be in at short-leg and it was like a torture chamber to put someone in there. England beware because he’s the best short-leg I’ve ever seen. But he just loves it, and his training is just out of this world,” he had added.
Well on Thursday, Cameron Bancroft pretty much proved why Waugh went gaga over him. The Australia opener took an absolute blinder to send back England opener Rory Burns in the first innings of the ongoing second Ashes Test.
Burns must have thought he was safe after he sliced a Pat Cummins delivery in the air. The ball did not stay in the air for long and was also on the left side of Bancroft. Not a single individual present in the stadium would have expected Bancroft to pull off the catch. However, Bancroft went on to take a blinder and leave Burns shellshocked.
The 26-year-old’s incredibly quick reflexes saw him dive to his left in time and manage to hold on to the catch.
“No wonder Rory Burns does not want to walk off, he couldn’t believe it was taken,” said Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara on Sky Sports commentary.
Here is a clip showing the catch from Cameron Bancroft: