Weeks after Cameron Bancroft overshadowed Australia’s Boxing Day Test against India with the revelations he shared in the Fox Cricket interview, the batsman has said he would like to bat with David Warner again.
In the interview, Bancroft identified Warner as the person who asked him to tamper with the ball during the third Test of an ill-tempered tour of South Africa. An incident which led to Bancroft receiving a nine-month ban and 12-month bans for captain Steve Smith and vice-captain Warner.
Bancroft explained that he went along with using sandpaper to shape the condition of the ball because he wanted to ‘feel valued in the team’.
But now, with his ban days away from being served, the Western Australia batsman has said he would have no problem batting with Warner again.
Asked if it was a possibility he would accept, Bancroft said: “Absolutely. We’re good people, very honest and passionate people.
“Dave, like Steve, all of us, we’ve all gone through our challenges, haven’t we?
“I look forward to a day like that where I can go out and play cricket with Dave again. He’s a quality cricketer and someone who’s achieved so much in that cricket team.
“As a player like myself, you strive to be around players like that. For my own learning as a cricketer, I’d love for that to happen.”
Bancroft remains banned from Test cricket but is currently playing in the eighth installment of the Big Bash League for the Perth Scorchers.
And while he currently is occupied with resurrecting the Scorchers poor start to the T20 mega-event, the 26-year-old revealed he couldn’t help but look forward to the English summer after signing with Durham.
“I just love playing cricket – regardless of the Ashes, it was something I was really keen to do,” Bancroft said about his decision to move to the Emirates Riverside.
“I’ve missed a chunk of domestic cricket and come the end of the cricket season I’ll just be keen to get over there and continue to improve and enjoy this great game.”