Cameron Bancroft lasts three balls on return from 9-month ban
The Australian was dismissed after two runs for the Perth Scorchers.
Cameron Bancroft made only two runs on his return from a nine-month ban for ball-tampering as the Perth Scorchers lost 16-3 to the Hobart Hurricanes in the domestic “Big Bash” T20 competition at Launceston on Sunday.
The right-handed Australian batsman, whose ban ended on Saturday, lasted only three balls on his awaited return.
Along with Bancroft, who was caught using sand-paper to alter the condition of the ball, then Australian-captain Steven Smith and his deputy David Warner were banned for their part in the tampering scandal. Their suspensions end in March 2019.
BREAKING: Cameron Bancroft dismissed for just two, playing for Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash, on his return to senior cricket after a nine-month ban for ball tampering. #SSN pic.twitter.com/KVy2M9HcDt— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) 30 December 2018
Long awaited return
Facing fast bowler Riley Meredith, Bancroft tucked ball No 1 off his pads for two. He defended his next delivery before edging the third to wicketkeeper Matthew Wade as the Scorchers fell to 19-4.
“That return we were all waiting for has come to an abrupt end,” said the former Test skipper Ricky Ponting, on commentary on Fox Sports.
Leaving the field, the 26-year-old batsman received a warm round of applause from the crowd.
As a wicket keeper, Bancroft took a diving catch and another regulation one in the Hurricanes’ chase.
He will have a chance to earn an Australia recall when he resumes as a top-order batsman for Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield in February.