Cameron Bancroft is now all set to return to Big Bash League as well as international cricket after his nine-month ban ended on Saturday (December 29). The right-handed batsman was banned after being caught tampering with the ball in the third Test against South Africa in March this year.
Cricket Australia had dealt the matter with strong hands and had imposed lengthy bans on Bancroft and his two senior teammates David Warner and Steve Smith. While Bancroft received a nine-month ban, the other two were handed 12-month ban. Both Warner and Smith returned to competitive cricket through the inaugural Global T20 in Canada while Bancroft returned to action through the Darwin league.
And Bancroft is now all set to don the Perth Scorchers jersey after being named in their squad for their BBL clash with the Hobart Hurricanes on Sunday.
His teammate Jhye Richardson welcomed him back in the side, saying:
“Everyone is really excited for him to come back. He’s been so positive in his build-up, he’s been training hard. We’re all really excited and really happy for him to be back in the team.”
“We saw before everything happened how good of a batter he was. I don’t think that’s going to change, I don’t think you can lose it, especially when we all know that he’s been training and (playing Premier Cricket). It will be good to see how he goes.
“It’s always nice to have him around, he’s such a nice guy off the field. We’re all really close with him,” he added.
Bancroft recently hit the headlines after opening up on the ball-tampering scandal. The right-hander revealed that it was Warner who encouraged him to tamper with the ball. He went on to say that the desire to get valued in the team made him go ahead with Warner’s suggestion.
“Dave [Warner] suggested to me to carry the action out on the ball given the situation we were in in the game and I didn’t know any better,” Bancroft told Fox Sports. “I didn’t know any better because I just wanted to fit in and feel valued, really — as simple as that.
Bancroft, who made his debut in the last year’s Ashes at home, has looked impressive at the top before the ban. His two fifties in tough conditions of South Africa made it clear that he had a promising career before the scandal struck. In 8 Tests so far, he has scored 402 runs with the help of three fifties.
Bancroft, meanwhile, is in contention to take the gloves for the Scorchers, who have used both Sam Whiteman and Josh Inglis in that role this season.