Cameron Bancroft’s Big Bash comeback cut short after just three balls
Bancroft was slapped with a nine-month ban for his part in the infamous ball-tampering scandal. (AAP: Matthew Farrell)
Cameron Bancroft’s return to the crease after his ball-tampering ban proved to be short lived after he was dismissed for two runs for the Perth Scorchers in Sunday’s Big Bash match at Launceston.
Bancroft was banned from international, state and Big Bash cricket for nine months for his part in the Cape Town scandal in March, which also led to 12-month bans for former Australia captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner.
The 26-year-old found himself called into action earlier than expected, with the Scorchers struggling on 16 for three in the fourth over against the Hobart Hurricanes.
Facing fast bowler Riley Meredith, Bancroft clipped the first ball off his pads for two runs.
He blocked the second delivery, before edging the third to wicketkeeper Matthew Wade as the Scorchers fell to 19-4.
Bancroft will have a chance to earn an Australian test recall when he resumes as a top-order batsman for Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield in February.