• Banned Bancroft continues comeback

    Banned Australian Test batsman Cameron Bancroft will play for Willetton District Cricket Club later this month.

    Bancroft is currently serving a Cricket Australia-imposed ban after being involved in the ball-tampering saga that marred the Test tour of South Africa earlier this year.

    The suspension prevents him from competing at international and state level, but not through the lower tiers of Australian cricket.

    Bancroft has been appointed captain for fixtures against Midland-Guildford Cricket Club and Fremantle District Cricket Club.

    ‘Cameron has really been putting his best foot forward and is putting his heart and soul into the whole situation,’ The West Australian quoted Willetton District Cricket Club president Ron Kukura as saying.

    ‘I’ve had lot of discussions with him over the past few months and he is going well, he’s fine. He started with us at 11 years old and has been very much a part of the group for a long time now.

    ‘We only saw a limited amount of him last year because of his Test duties, but whenever he was available he always came back and played club cricket for us.’

    Former captain Steven Smith and vice-captain David Warner were also involved in the ball-tampering debacle – and are serving similar bans. Both, however, competed in July’s Global T20 Canada and August’s Caribbean Premier League.

    ‘Cameron’s suspension ends on December 29 and then subject to his form I believe the Scorchers could add him to their squad for the Big Bash. That’s what we are hoping will happen,’ added Kukura.

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