India in Australia 2015-16 January 29, 2016

Bancroft called into T20 squad as wicketkeeper


Cameron Bancroft played nine of his ten T20s this summer for Perth Scorchers © Getty Images

Cameron Bancroft will make his international debut in Sunday's third and final Twenty20 against India in Sydney after being called in to replace Matthew Wade as wicketkeeper. Wade is one of five players in Australia's T20 squad for the India series who will be unavailable for the final game as they fly to New Zealand on Saturday ahead of the ODI series that starts there next week.

ODI captain Steven Smith, vice-captain David Warner, Wade, and fast bowlers Kane Richardson and John Hastings will all depart for New Zealand on Saturday, along with several players not in the T20 squad, including Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh and Adam Zampa. Smith and Warner have been made unavailable for Friday night's T20 in Melbourne, while Wade, Richardson and Hastings are available to play that game.

That left Australia with only 12 men in their squad for the third T20 in Sydney and no wicketkeeper amongst them, so Bancroft has been called in to take the gloves and make his international debut. Bancroft, 23, had been named in Australia's Test squad to tour Bangladesh in October but that trip was cancelled due to security reasons, and Joe Burns was preferred to Bancroft as opener for the home summer.

Bancroft has played only 10 T20s in his career, nine of which came this summer for the Perth Scorchers in the BBL, in which he made 137 runs at 34.25 with a strike-rate of 128.03. Other wicketkeepers including Tim Ludeman and Tim Paine had more prolific BBL seasons than Bancroft, but the selectors appear keen to give Bancroft an early taste of international cricket given the high regard in which they hold him as a future prospect.

Squad for third T20 Aaron Finch (capt), Shaun Marsh, Shane Watson, Chris Lynn, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Bancroft (wk), James Faulkner, Nathan Lyon, Cameron Boyce, Andrew Tye, Shaun Tait, Scott Boland.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @brydoncoverdale

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  • Izmi on January 29, 2016, 13:40 GMT

    Since Finch the captain is injured and may not be available for the final T20 game against India on Sunday at the SCG and wicketkeeper Wade is on his way to NZ it would have been a good opportunity for the selectors to have another look at Tim Paine the former wicketkeeper. He is not only an outstanding wicketkeeper but also a dashing opening batsman. The selectors should look to make best use of the playing eleven who are multi skilled rather than select players to fill just one role in the team. Despite the thrashing meted out to Australia's second string bowling attack the same players have been chosen for the NZ tour. Both Richardson and Hastings have been total failures against India and are on their way to New Zealand to bowl to the likes of Williamson, McCallum, Taylor, Munro etc. Faulkner who is one of the finest allrounders in limited overs cricket has failed to perform since disciplinary action was taken against him during the last ashes just to make way for Mitch Marsh.

  • Vikram on January 29, 2016, 12:07 GMT

    Given Wade's batting in recent games, I am surprised that he is going to be in the world cup squad

  • Ayem on January 29, 2016, 9:19 GMT

    ludeman is the best pure keeper for the lot, Paine should be given another chancr in short formats, his keeping is very good, Wades keeping is really not international level

  • Jackson on January 29, 2016, 9:14 GMT

    Bancroft had a fantastic big bash for a first full season but his wicket-keeping was well below par. Handscomb is proven as both a batter and a keeper

  • annoyed on January 29, 2016, 8:04 GMT

    @VRDBB, "Bancroft should have been in the test team ahead of Burns". What are we basing this on? Definitely not domestic performances.

    Apparently Bancroft averaging 35 at FC level is better than Burns averaging 40.

  • annoyed on January 29, 2016, 8:01 GMT

    Haddin dropped alot more than 2 chances. Paine IS overrated. I've never seen such hype for someone who struggles to crack an average of 30. Ludemann is possibly the worst batsmen of the lot. His season average in all formats is about 15. He's lucky to still be playing state cricket.

  • Aravindakshan on January 29, 2016, 7:49 GMT

    May be its a good idea to rest Rohit, Virat and Ashwin who are all playing across the formats and test the others. Surely a second string Indian team can compete with an Australian team sans Warner, Smith, Starc and Hazlewood? No send-offs, No verbal barrages from Indians guaranteed

  • Miyoshi on January 29, 2016, 7:45 GMT

    I thought he was a test player? Did pretty well in for Aus "A" on turning pitches in India last time, looks a damn good test player but looking at his current T20 stats it looks like he can play aggressively too. A strike rate of 128 is not bad for a wk batsman.

  • Mashuq on January 29, 2016, 7:34 GMT

    Although it's 'only' a T20, I hope the selectors continue with attempts to give opportunities to players earmarked to perform in specific conditions. Bancroft and Handscomb were part of a successful A team in India last year. Should the Bangladesh series be re-scheduled for October 2016 I hope they are part of a group of fringe players being tried out before the tour to India next February to see how they perform. No doubt this would be seen as cheapening the baggy green, but it would be an opportunity to look at the future with fewer risks than a repeat outcome of the last India test series there. Certain understudies and possible tourists could be taken over (Burns and Bancroft) while omitting a couple of proven performers (Warner?), so I'm with you @SamRoy, mate.

  • Terry on January 29, 2016, 6:56 GMT

    It IS nonsense that the schedule means that the Aust Test & ODI players fly off to prepare for one series while another is still going on. Bancroft is selected because he is seen as a future player (in Tests) & they just want to see him around the squad & under pressure. Aust have a fair idea what their t20 World Cup 15 is so are just assessing fringe players. Beating India in Aust conditions at t20 coming into a WC in India is pretty meaningless so they don't appear that bothered. That said all players should be available if international games are scheduled.

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