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Saturday, 23 February 2019

Bancroft unloads on Test legends over Warner call


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Cameron Bancroft has hit back at Test legends Ricky Ponting and Michael Slater amid suggestions from the duo that he threw David Warner under the bus.

Ponting, who is now an assistant coach for Australia, called Bancroft's interview on Fox Cricket with Adam Gilchrist "quite shocking" and accused the 28-year-old of trying to re-establish his brand following the scandal.

However, speaking to ABC radio prior to his return to Sheffield Shield cricket, Bancroft defended his actions.

"At the end of the day, my ban actually finished on the 28th of December, right in the middle of the game,” Bancroft said.

Cameron Bancroft

“I find it hard to understand a little bit because I was going to have to speak at some point.

“The other thing that I was really passionate about is that I didn’t just want to talk for the sake of talking."

Bancroft also revealed that his intention with the interview following the ball tampering scandal was to ensure that others learned from his mistakes.

“The game in general and life in general…there are messages far greater than just yourself to portray," he said.

Ricky Ponting

“I felt like I had some really important learnings that I wanted to share…because I felt like there were some really powerful lessons in my journey that I wanted others to connect and share with.

“If other people were triggered by that, I guess that’s their battle to face.

“If was able to touch people through some parts of my journey and to help them… that was my sole intention for that.”

The West Australian made a triumphant return to red-ball cricket with a half-century against New South Wales, and also revealed that he had spoken to Warner following the interview.

Cameron Bancroft David Warner

"I’ve spoken to Dave,” he said.

“All of us, including Dave, have all been really challenged through this period of time.

“And I know that all three of us have really stuck by each other and looked after each other well.

“You can’t understand the trauma that I felt. It was probably very different to the trauma that he felt and I probably can’t understand that.

“I guess moving forward there will be great lessons for all of us, including Dave."

Cameron Bancroft has hit back at Test legends Ricky Ponting and Michael Slater amid suggestions from the duo that he threw David Warner under the bus.

Ponting, who is now an assistant coach for Australia, called Bancroft's interview on Fox Cricket with Adam Gilchrist "quite shocking" and accused the 28-year-old of trying to re-establish his brand following the scandal.

However, speaking to ABC radio prior to his return to Sheffield Shield cricket, Bancroft defended his actions.

"At the end of the day, my ban actually finished on the 28th of December, right in the middle of the game,” Bancroft said.

Cameron Bancroft

“I find it hard to understand a little bit because I was going to have to speak at some point.

“The other thing that I was really passionate about is that I didn’t just want to talk for the sake of talking."

Bancroft also revealed that his intention with the interview following the ball tampering scandal was to ensure that others learned from his mistakes.

“The game in general and life in general…there are messages far greater than just yourself to portray," he said.

Ricky Ponting

“I felt like I had some really important learnings that I wanted to share…because I felt like there were some really powerful lessons in my journey that I wanted others to connect and share with.

“If other people were triggered by that, I guess that’s their battle to face.

“If was able to touch people through some parts of my journey and to help them… that was my sole intention for that.”

The West Australian made a triumphant return to red-ball cricket with a half-century against New South Wales, and also revealed that he had spoken to Warner following the interview.

Cameron Bancroft David Warner

"I’ve spoken to Dave,” he said.

“All of us, including Dave, have all been really challenged through this period of time.

“And I know that all three of us have really stuck by each other and looked after each other well.

“You can’t understand the trauma that I felt. It was probably very different to the trauma that he felt and I probably can’t understand that.

“I guess moving forward there will be great lessons for all of us, including Dave."

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