Sandpaper cheater Bancroft caught out for two runs in cricket return
30th December 2018

Did someone tamper with that ball, Cameron? Sandpaper cheater Bancroft is caught out for just two runs in his not-so-triumphant return to cricket

  • Disgraced cricketer Cameron Bancroft made his return to professional cricket 
  • Bancroft was suspended for nine months in March for ball tampering scandal 
  • He finally returned on Sunday for the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League  

After nine months in cricketing exile Cameron Bancroft has made his return to professional cricket with a less than stellar performance. 

Bancroft, 26, returned from his nine month ball tampering ban to play for the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League on Sunday. 

However his return to the game was less than perfect when he was caught out after facing just three balls and scoring only two runs. 

After nine months in cricketing exile Cameron Bancroft made his return to professional cricket with a less than stellar performance (pictured with girlfriend Caity Paris) 

Bancroft only got the outside edge of his bat onto the ball before Hobart Hurricanes and former Australian wicket keeper Matthew Wade gloved the catch

Bancroft only managed to get the outside edge of his bat onto the ball before Hobart Hurricanes and former Australian wicket keeper Matthew Wade gloved the catch. 

Former Australian captain and cricket legend Ricky Ponting was in the commentary box for Bancroft’s return. 


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‘That return we were all waiting for has come to an abrupt end,’ Ponting said during the telecast. 

Despite his short lived first innings back the Perth crowd gave Bancroft a positive ovation as he left the field. 

A number of people took to social media to comment on his return and dismissal. 

‘Out of practice. But got to start somewhere,’ one user wrote. 

‘Calm down people. He’s served his ban. He’ll come good. Form is temporary, class is permanent,’ another added. 

Bancroft was suspended from professional cricket for nine months alongside former captain Steve Smith and opening batsman David Warner, both of whom received 12 month bans after being caught ball tampering in South Africa in March. 

Bancroft gave an interview earlier in the week talking about the ball tampering incident. 

Bancroft was suspended from professional cricket for nine months alongside former captain Steve Smith and opening batsman David Warner, both of whom received 12 month bans after being caught ball tampering in South Africa in March

Bancroft’s attempt to manipulate the ball in Cape Town with what was later revealed to be sandpaper was a plan orchestrated, according to a Cricket Australia investigation, by vice-captain Warner (pictured together)

Bancroft’s attempt to manipulate the ball in Cape Town with what was later revealed to be sandpaper was a plan orchestrated, according to a Cricket Australia investigation, by vice-captain Warner.

‘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.’

The right-handed batsman admitted, however, he had to take responsibility for his part in the scandal, saying he is not a ‘victim’.

He added: ‘I take no other responsibility but the responsibility I have on myself and my own actions because I am not a victim. I had a choice and I made a massive mistake and that is what is in my control.’

The Scorchers were only able to post 107 runs in Bancroft’s return innings which the Hurricanes ran down easily with two overs and six wickets still in hand. 

Bancroft watches as Hobart Hurricanes wicket keeper Matthew Wade catches him out after just three balls at the crease 

 

 

 

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