BBL 2019: Cameron Bancroft hits first fifty after return from ball-tampering ban

first_imgCameron Bancroft, who recently returned to competitive cricket after serving a nine-month following the ball-tampering scandal, hit a 42-ball 59 to script a six-wicket win for Perth Scorchers over Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League. Chasing 147 to win, Bancroft’s blazing half-century helped the Scorchers reach home with 14 balls to spare.Bancroft, whose ban ended on December 29, recently revealed he worked sandpaper on the ball upon David Warner’s insistence. Warner and Steve Smith were banned for a year and the two are currently plying their trade in the Bangladesh Premier League. David Warner and Steve Smith played against each other in a BPL match on Sunday.Warner was run out for 14 for Sylhet Sixers while Smith only managed 16.However, Warner has found form too. On a day when Bancroft scored a stroke-filled 59 in Melbourne, Warner scored a 47-ball 59 for Sylhet.Steve Smith has so far scored 16 and 0 in his two matches forComilla Victorians in the Bangladesh Premier League.On Monday, Australia suffered their first ever Test series defeat to India at home. Following the defeat in the Boxing Day Test, calls have grown for the return of the banned trio. Aaron Finch flopped at the top of the order even as rookie Marcus Harris gave a good account of himself.Undoubtedly, David Warner’s absence at the top and Steve Smith’s absence in the middle-order hurt the Aussies who have struggled with an inexperienced batting line-up.But it remains to be seen how soon the trio are reintegrated into the Australian side, especially after Bancroft and Smith made some sensational revelations during the Test series against India.advertisement”Dave [Warner] suggested to me to carry the action out on the ball given the situation we were in the game and I didn’t know any better,” Bancroft told Adam Gilchrist on Fox Cricket. “I didn’t know any better because I just wanted to fit in and feel valued really. As simple as that.”The decision was based around my values, what I valued at the time, and I valued fitting in… you hope that fitting in earns you respect and with that, I guess, there came a pretty big cost for the mistake.”Also Read | Will IPL performances decide Steve Smith and David Warner’s World Cup berths?Also Read | Was being a father and husband at home: David Warner on time away from cricketAlso Read | BPL 2019: Smith, Warner fall cheaply in 1st high-profile match since ball-tampering sagalast_img read more