Australia pick new 'keeper for T20

29 January 2016

Cam Bancroft

Cameron Bancroft will play as a 'keeper / batsman on Sunday

Cameron Bancroft called up for third T20, with Matthew Wade headed to New Zealand

Perth Scorchers batsman and part-time wicketkeeper Cameron Bancroft will take the gloves in a new-look Australian side for the third T20 against India at the SCG on Sunday.

With Matthew Wade part of an advanced touring party that leaves for New Zealand tomorrow, Bancroft has been called up by the National Selection Panel, who had previously picked the 23-year-old as a batsman for last October's Test tour of Bangladesh that was ultimately postponed.

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The Western Australian impressed with the gloves for the Scorchers with nine dismissals, despite only getting his opportunity in the role following an injury to regular 'keeper Sam Whiteman.

With the bat, Bancroft made a brilliant 72 against the Thunder but was otherwise disappointing.

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Initially viewed as a red-ball specialist, Bancroft told recently that he feels his game is versatile enough to suit all formats.

"I've always believed in myself that I've been able to score at better than a run a ball," Bancroft said. "I've always known that I've been capable of putting in a performance like that (72 from 53 against the Thunder) so it was nice to get that opportunity, but also take it and do something with it.

"That's just one game, so hopefully I can keep performing and keep being consistent – that's what you strive for as a player." 

Scorchers coach Justin Langer hasn't been shy when it comes to praising Bancroft's batting across the three formats, with the former Australia opener predicting big things for the rising star.

"I've said since he was selected in the side, he's going to end up being a great one-day and Twenty20 player," Langer told after Bancroft's maiden List A century during October's Matador BBQs One-Day Cup.

"He's so strong, he's also so fit and he also works so hard on his game. 

"He'll learn to adjust and he'll learn to increase his strokeplay, so I have no doubt he can be someone who plays all forms of the game."

As well as holding down an important place in Perth's middle order, Bancroft has also welcomed the responsibility of taking the gloves in the absence of Whiteman.

In a similar manner to his batting, Bancroft has gone about the challenge with minimal fuss.

"For me, ‘keeping was something I always did as a junior," he said. "I think in Twenty20 cricket one of the biggest things is being able to pick 'Hoggy' (Scorchers spinner Brad Hogg).

"I was lucky enough to play in the same club team as him so I've had that up my sleeve.

"It's been nice to change things up, you certainly watch the ball differently to what you do in the field and I think that helps your batting in a way."

Steve Smith, David Warner, Mitch Marsh, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson and John Hastings are also in the group of players heading across the Tasman on Saturday, meaning spots will be available for some of Australia's fringe players to press their claims for a World T20 berth.

Australia's second T20 international is against India at the MCG tonight (Friday), with the tourists holding a 1-0 lead in the series after a comfortable win at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday night.

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Adam Burnett is the deputy news editor of and senior news editor of He previously wrote for and edited at Inside Cricket magazine and The Sydney Morning Herald in Australia and The Telegraph and The Guardian in the UK.

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