Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft has opened up on the infamous 2018 ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town, saying he believes more players were aware of the plan to use sandpaper.
Bancroft was suspended alongside then captains Steve Smith and David Warner for planning to alter the condition of the ball during day three of the third Test match between Australia and the Proteas.
In an interview with the UK Guardian, Bancroft admitted that some of the bowlers on the pitch had to know about the orchestrated plan of action.
‘Yeah, look, all I wanted to do was to be responsible and accountable for my own actions and part,’ Bancroft explained after copping a nine-month ban.
‘Obviously what I did benefits bowlers and the awareness around that, probably, is self-explanatory. I guess one thing I learnt through the journey and being responsible is that’s where the buck stops. Had I had better awareness I would have made a much-better decision.’
Bancroft admitted to the offence after he was caught on TV, shoving a piece of yellow sandpaper down his trousers. Smith also came clean after the day’s play that the plan was formed by the team’s leadership group, which lead to 12-month bans for both himself and Warner.
Since returning to the Australia side, Smith has been devastating with the bat while Warner regained his spot at the top of the order.
Bancroft, on the other hand, hasn’t played a lot of international cricket after serving out his ban.