Cameron Bancroft, the Western Australia and Perth Scorchers batsman and part-time wicketkeeper is called up for the third T20I against India in the ongoing series. Bancroft will take the wicket-keeping gloves in that match on Sunday at SCG due to the unavailable of Matthew Wade, who will leave for New Zealand on Saturday.
Bancroft said about himself, “I’ve always believed in myself that I’ve been able to score at better than a run a ball. I’ve always known that I’ve been capable of putting in a performance like that (72 from 53 against the Thunder) so it was nice to get that opportunity, but also take it and do something with it. That’s just one game, so hopefully I can keep performing and keep being consistent – that’s what you strive for as a player.”
Bancroft also spoke out about his wicket-keeping. He said, “For me, ‘keeping was something I always did as a junior. I think in Twenty20 cricket one of the biggest things is being able to pick ‘Hoggy’ (Scorchers spinner Brad Hogg). I was lucky enough to play in the same club team as him so I’ve had that up my sleeve. It’s been nice to change things up, you certainly watch the ball differently to what you do in the field and I think that helps your batting in a way.”
After Bancroft’s maiden List A century in Matador BBQs One-Day Cup in last October, former Australian opener Justin Langer praised him. Langer told cricket.com.au, “I’ve said since he was selected in the side, he’s going to end up being a great one-day and Twenty20 player. He’s so strong, he’s also so fit and he also works so hard on his game. He’ll learn to adjust and he’ll learn to increase his stroke play, so I have no doubt he can be someone who plays all forms of the game.”
Bancroft was picked up in the Test squad in the last year’s Bangladesh tour which was cancelled at later.