The Australian opener Cameron Bancroft, who has just returned to the cricket after completing his nine-month suspension due to involving in sandpaper gate, is ready to open with David Warner.
In last March, during the Cape Town Test between South Africa and Australia, Bancroft was caught in video footage where he was trying to alter the ball condition by using yellow sandpaper. Later, it was revealed that the skipper Steven Smith and the vice-captain David Warner played the leadership role in that incident. While Smith and Warner have been suspended by Cricket Australia (CA) for one-year, Bancroft has been suspended for nine-month by CA.
Bancroft has returned to the domestic cricket after just completing his suspension period. Meanwhile, Warner and Smith are also very close to returning to the cricket.
Recently, when Bancroft was asked about Warner and Smith, he claimed that he had a good relationship with both of them and they all were in touch.
When Bancroft was asked whether he would want to play with his former Test opening partner David Warner, the 26-year-old totally agreed that.
Bancroft quoted, “Absolutely. We’re good people, very honest and passionate people. Dave, like Steve, all of us, we’ve all gone through our challenges, haven’t we?”
Bancroft recently revealed that Warner suggested him to carry that ball-tampering action while he just wanted to fit in and feel valued inside the team.
But talking about his relationship with Warner and Smith after that sandpaper scandal, Bancroft said, “we’ve all been there for each other.”
The Western Australian opening batsman praised his national senior Warner for his cricketing quality and added to play with him more to learn as a cricketer.
Bancroft added, “And I look forward to a day like that where I can go out and play cricket with Dave again. He’s a quality cricketer and someone who’s achieved so much in that cricket team. As a player like myself, you strive to be around players like that. For my own learning as a cricketer, I’d love for that to happen.”
The right-handed opening batsman recently returned to the cricket on December 30, 2018, when he featured for Perth Scorchers against Hobart Hurricanes at Launceston in the 2018/19 Big Bash League. Though he scored only 2 runs in that game, steadily he is returning to the form by playing as a wicketkeeper-batsman.
Recently, on Wednesday (9 January), Bancroft played a match-winning knock of 59 runs off 42 balls in a BBL game against Melbourne Stars at MCG.
Bancroft has a plan to play for Durham in the new County season to get proper preparation for the 2019 Ashes in England that will begin after the completion of 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.
He said, “I just love playing cricket, regardless of the Ashes, it was something I was really keen to do. I’ve missed a chunk of domestic cricket and come the end of the cricket season I’ll just be keen to get over there and continue to improve and enjoy this great game.”