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Bancroft lets bat do the talking

Perth keeper-batsman finds a rich vein of form to spark the Scorchers' season

Cricket Network

14 January 2019, 10:08 AM AEST

Brilliant Bancroft carries bat in Perth

After nine months on the sidelines Cameron Bancroft's bat is doing the talking for him with two big knocks that have kept the Perth Scorchers' KFC BBL season alive.

The 26-year-old has now played five BBL games after his return from a nine-month suspension for his role in the Cape Town ball-tampering affair and has rediscovered his touch with back-to-back half-centuries in his past two games.

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After struggling in his first three games back for the Scorchers with scores of two, 19 and 24, he made a terrific 59 in 42 balls in Wednesday's win over the Melbourne Stars.

He followed that on Sunday with a sparkling knock of 87 not out from 61 balls as he batted through the innings in a seven-wicket win against the Sydney Sixers.

Bancroft and Ashton Turner put on a 98-run partnership in just 62 balls at Optus Stadium before Turner was out for a scintillating 60 in 30 balls, with his half-century coming in just 22 deliveries.

It was Perth's third victory in eight games, crucially giving them a winnings start as they started a stretch of four home games.

"I'm literally just turning up to training every day and trying to be better, it's as simple as that," Bancroft said.

"I'm not trying too hard and am enjoying this great game. I'm having a lot of fun out here whether it's my day or it isn't. I'm just really grateful to be here, it's awesome."

After building some momentum with consecutive wins, Bancroft's focus is now on keeping the Scorchers' winning form going with three home games to come starting Friday against the Hobart Hurricanes.

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"In this tournament we need to win games of cricket so it's another tick tonight and we'll move forward against the Hurricanes later this week," Bancroft said.

"We've won two games in a row now so hopefully we can keep that going. Twenty20 is a game of luck sometimes, it goes your way and you are able to come off.

"That's two games in a row we've put some good performances together and now it's time to keep going."