Bancroft’s ban ends, joins Perth Scorchers
Cameron Bancroft is one of the three Australian cricketers suspended for ball-tampering in South Africa series earlier this year.
Bancroft’s nine month suspension term ends today (December 29) and received the immediate good news of being selected in the squad of Perth Scorchers in the match against Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League on Sunday.
One of Bancroft’s Perth teammate Jhye Richardson said, “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 said.
Perth Scorchers are one of the most successful clubs of the Big Bash League but won just three matches this season.
Ahead of the Sunday’s clash, Hobart Hurricane’s George Bailey said they are not taking the opposition lightly though.
“Every team has their strengths, I’m waiting for when you come up against a team and think, ‘this should be a good match up for us’ but it feels like every team obviously has got outstanding players and stars with bat and ball so there’s some really big challenges,” the Hurricanes veteran said.
In an emotional reveal several weeks ago, Bancroft said he almost walked away from Cricket to become a yoga teacher.