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Scorchers Coach Won’t Guarantee Bancroft A Swift Call-Up

Scorchers Coach Won’t Guarantee Bancroft A Swift Call-Up

Perth Scorchers coach Adam Voges won’t guarantee an immediate call-up to suspended ball-tamperer Cam Bancroft when his ban expires.

The former Australia Test opener has been welcomed back into the Scorchers’ fold and will be part of an extended squad for Perth’s first two Big Bash League games this week – although he remains ineligible.

The nine-month ban he was handed for his part in the scandal that rocked Australian cricket in March ends on December 29 so he can feature in the Scorchers’ fourth fixture against Hobart Hurricanes in Tasmania on December 30.

“It’s really dependent on what the guys do in the first three games,” Voges said. “If some of the guys, particularly at the top of the order, take their chances then it might be a little bit harder for Cam to come straight back in.

“We’ll certainly be taking him to that game in Hobart and he’s going to come as (part of the) support staff on our first trip as well just to be around the guys again and involved.

“He can see some light at the end of the tunnel now, so he’s starting to get really excited. Sometimes a few of the guys struggle for a bit of motivation in an intra-squad game, but he was like a kid playing his first game again.”

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