Suspended Australia opener Cameron Bancroft failed to make a mark on his return to competitive cricket.
The right-handed batsman scored just a solitary run for the Desert Blaze in the NT Strike League in Darwin on Sunday. In the match against Southern Storm, Blade Baxter dismissed Bancroft.
Later, Cricket Australia (CA) banned him for nine months after his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal which unfolded in Cape Town three months ago.
He got barred from playing both domestic and international cricket. Their cricketing board handed captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner 12-month suspension.
Bancroft scored the identical amount of runs which David Warner scored in his comeback encounter. Both Warner and Smith are currently plying their trade in the Global T20 Canada. A brilliant delivery by Lasith Malinga castled warner. The southpaw is playing for the Winnipeg Hawks.
On the other hand, Steven Smith scored a fluent 61 off 41 deliveries while playing for the Toronto Nationals in Canada.
The whole ball-tampering scandal made me angry: Bancroft
Before getting suspended by Cricket Australia, Bancroft had said the entire ball tampering fiasco made him very angry.
However, since then, he had managed to forgive himself and move ahead in his life. Bancroft’s suspension will end in six months time. However, there is no doubt about the fact that he has to fight for his place in the XI.
“The last couple of months, it’s been a bit of a roller-coaster. You certainly ride the waves of grieving. There have been times where I felt really sad, there have been times where I felt really angry,” Bancroft was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia website.
“For me, in that situation, it was about me, and it was about my mistake, and it was about the poor decision I made. What anyone else thought or said didn’t change the fact that I made a really bad decision and I’ve really had to forgive myself for that error I made,” he further added.