Adam Voges expects Cameron Bancroft to join Western Australia a day after ban ends

first_imgWestern Australia’s coach Adam Voges is expecting Cameron Bancroft to join the team a day after his ball-tampering ban expires in December. Bancroft was handed a nine-month ban by Cricket Australia after he was found guilty in the ball-tampering scandal in March in South Africa.Bancroft was caught on cameras rubbing sandpaper on the ball to change its condition on the third day of the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.In one of the clips, Bancroft was caught putting his hand in his pocket before working on the ball with an object. He later put it back in his pocket.In another clip, Bancroft was seen transferring the piece of sandpaper from his pocket to his underpants.Captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were also slapped with suspensions for one year by the Australian cricket board.WATCH: A ball-tampering demoWhile Bancroft’s ban expires on December 29, Voges said he expected the 25-year-old to be ready to slot into the Perth Scorchers’ lineup on the following day for their clash against Hobart Hurricanes in Australia’s Big Bash Twenty20 competition.”One thing I do know about Cam is he’ll be prepared,” Voges said in comments published on Cricket Australia’s website (cricket.com.au).”I know he won’t have played any high-level competitive cricket for a period, but it certainly hasn’t stopped him from trying to improve.”He’ll be ready to go. I see a real possibility that he’ll come straight back in for that game.”Governing body Cricket Australia is considering a submission from the Australian Cricketers’ Association, the players’ union, to lift the ball-tampering trio’s bans immediately.advertisementThe ACA made the request following the release of the Longstaff review into Cricket Australia’s culture which blamed the board in part for the ball-tampering crisis in South Africa.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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