Cameron Bancroft suggests Australia’s bowlers were aware of ball-tampering
16 May, 2021, 6:19 am
Former test opener Cameron Bancroft has suggested Australia’s bowlers were aware of ball tampering in South Africa.
His comments, made to the UK’s The Guardian newspaper ahead of his return to English county club Durham, will bring back the memories of the seismic events at Cape Town that rocked Australian cricket three years ago.
Former captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were banned from international cricket for 12 months and sacked from their leadership positions following the incident. Warner was banned for life from holding an official leadership role and Smith for two years.
Bancroft, who was caught with sandpaper on the field, was suspended for nine months.
In a wide-ranging interview, Bancroft reflects on his path back from suspension and accepts full responsibility for his actions at Cape Town, but it is the comments he makes to journalist Donald McRae about who else was aware of his actions that will shock many.
Bancroft, according to McRae, gave a “long pause” when asked if the bowlers knew what he was doing.
“Yeah, look, all I wanted to do was to be responsible and accountable for my own actions and part,” Bancroft said.
“Yeah, obviously what I did benefits bowlers and the awareness around that, probably, is self-explanatory. I guess one thing I learnt through the journey and being responsible is that’s where the buck stops [with Bancroft himself]. Had I had better awareness I would have made a much better decision.”