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Sunday, 30 December 2018

Shock reaction after underwhelming Bancroft return


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Cameron Bancroft failed to make an impact with the bat for the Perth Scorchers in their Big Bash League clash against Hobart, but in a touching moment, the crowd gave him a warm send-off.

Bancroft finally made his long-awaited return to domestic cricket having served his much-publicised nine month ban for his role in the ball-tampering controversy while playing Test cricket for Australia in March.

Unfortunately, against the Hurricanes Bancroft was dismissed for just two runs from three balls in Launceston.

He found himself in the middle earlier than expected, with the Scorchers crumbling to 3-16 in the fourth over courtesy of a swinging new ball.

Facing firey quick Riley Meredith, Bancroft tucked the first ball off his pads for two.

Meredith replied with a bouncer, ruled a wide.

Bancroft blocked the next delivery, but on legal ball number three prodded outside off stump and edged behind to Matthew Wade as the Scorchers fell to 4-16.

Cameron Bancroft was out for 2

"That return we were all waiting for has come to an abrupt end," former Test skipper Ricky Ponting said in commentary.

Leaving the field, the 26-year-old Bancroft received a loud round of applause from the crowd.

Bancroft has been playing grade cricket since receiving his suspension from domestic and international cricket.

On Boxing Day, just days until his ban was due to expire, Bancroft made headlines again after a much-criticised interview with Fox Sports revealed that former Australian Test vice captain David Warner told him to use sandpaper on the ball in the Cape Town match against South Africa, in just his eighth Test cap.

Former England spinner Phil Tufnell couldn't resist taking a crack an Bancroft upon his return to top flight cricket in commentary.

"I just hope his mother sewed his pockets up," Tufnell joked during the BBL broadcast.

- with AAP

Cameron Bancroft failed to make an impact with the bat for the Perth Scorchers in their Big Bash League clash against Hobart, but in a touching moment, the crowd gave him a warm send-off.

Bancroft finally made his long-awaited return to domestic cricket having served his much-publicised nine month ban for his role in the ball-tampering controversy while playing Test cricket for Australia in March.

Unfortunately, against the Hurricanes Bancroft was dismissed for just two runs from three balls in Launceston.

He found himself in the middle earlier than expected, with the Scorchers crumbling to 3-16 in the fourth over courtesy of a swinging new ball.

Facing firey quick Riley Meredith, Bancroft tucked the first ball off his pads for two.

Meredith replied with a bouncer, ruled a wide.

Bancroft blocked the next delivery, but on legal ball number three prodded outside off stump and edged behind to Matthew Wade as the Scorchers fell to 4-16.

Cameron Bancroft was out for 2

"That return we were all waiting for has come to an abrupt end," former Test skipper Ricky Ponting said in commentary.

Leaving the field, the 26-year-old Bancroft received a loud round of applause from the crowd.

Bancroft has been playing grade cricket since receiving his suspension from domestic and international cricket.

On Boxing Day, just days until his ban was due to expire, Bancroft made headlines again after a much-criticised interview with Fox Sports revealed that former Australian Test vice captain David Warner told him to use sandpaper on the ball in the Cape Town match against South Africa, in just his eighth Test cap.

Former England spinner Phil Tufnell couldn't resist taking a crack an Bancroft upon his return to top flight cricket in commentary.

"I just hope his mother sewed his pockets up," Tufnell joked during the BBL broadcast.

- with AAP

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