Cameron Bancroft made a return to Ashes squad starting from August 1 at Edgbaston after serving a one-year suspension for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal last year in South Africa. On his way back to the Aussie side, Bancroft revealed that he used his Baggy Green as the motivation to come back.
Bancroft returns after one year
The 26-year-old cricketer came into the team on the back of some fantastic show in the County Championship. He has been the highest run-scorer for Durham amassing 726 runs from nine matches including two centuries and three fifties. Cameron Bancroft’s ban ended in March and was available for selection for the Ashes. He is likely to join his opening partner David Warner, who is also returning to the Test side to open the innings for Australia when the Test series starts from August 1.
Bancroft also observed that he used his Test cap that he received from Geoff Marsh in the Brisbane Test versus England in 2017 to motivate himself during the comeback period. He also revealed that he looked at his cap and continued to work hard and focused on his goals to return to the Australia squad.
“It’s something you’re obviously very proud of,” Bancroft noted of his Test cap. “It’s a very prestigious item to have and you take good care of it because it means something to you… and being able to see that is obviously really good to focus your goals, and where you want to be going.
“It’s good motivation, isn’t it? To look at it and go ‘yeah I’m playing cricket but there’s something bigger I eventually want to be able to get back to’. I guess it was good motivation to keep working hard… to keep my goals and keep focused,” he added.
Furthermore, Cameron Bancroft admitted he created a mistake last year, and he had learned his lesson and is looking to move forward from and give his best in the upcoming matches to follow. Bancroft has represented Australia in eight games including three half-centuries.
“There is no doubt that I wasn’t as true to myself as I could have been at times (but) you learn from mistakes that you make, and you try and be better. At the end of the day, what you do and your actions is completely up to you. I made a mistake, and I’ll learn from it and move forward and get better,” he concluded.