County news February 15, 2016

Bancroft joins Gloucestershire for early season

ESPNcricinfo staff

Cameron Bancroft was in line for a Test debut before Australia's tour of Bangladesh was called off © Getty Images

Gloucestershire have signed Cameron Bancroft, the Western Australia wicketkeeper-batsman, for the first two months of the English season.

Bancroft, who made his Australia debut in the final T20 against India in Sydney this month, comes with the recommendation of Western Australia team-mate Michael Klinger for who Bancroft will stand in for during the opening part the season.

His signing makes it a trio of Western Australia players at Gloucestershire alongside Klinger and pace bowler Andrew Tye. Bancroft will be available for five Championship matches before Klinger returns towards the end of May.

Bancroft, who was named in Australia's Test squad for the cancelled tour of Bangladesh last year, scored 896 runs in the 2014-15 Sheffield Shield season and followed that with 224 runs in the two-match series for Australia A against India A.

Richard Dawson, the Gloucestershire head coach, said: "Maxy [Michael Klinger] has given him really good reviews - he said he's very fit, hard-working and is committed to trying to improve and kick on

"His attitude and the fact that he is 23 means he is a really good fit for our changing room which is also important.

"He will bolster our batting during that period and he also gives us cover with the gloves if required. I talked to him this week and his hunger to come over and have a crack at county cricket really impressed me. He wants to come and learn and improve his game and that was massive for me."

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  • James on February 16, 2016, 14:25 GMT

    Bancroft got 144 today v NSW. Khawaja went to Lancashire (and before that Derbyshire) but point taken that he has improved, hopefully Bancroft will do too - this is a good opportunity for a relatively inexperienced cricketer.

  • kieran on February 16, 2016, 3:58 GMT

    Not as many of our young blokes get the chance at county cricket as they used too, this should be a great experience for Bancroft. If he shows the same technique and patience he did on the A tour of India I'm sure he'll have every opportunity to make some runs.

  • Craig on February 16, 2016, 0:55 GMT

    This will be good for Bancroft's development. I see him as a future test opener. Not that far into the future either.

  • Mark on February 15, 2016, 21:43 GMT

    An interesting choice: a useful, but far from outstanding record. Let's see how he goes and how well he adapts to April in Bristol.

  • Terry on February 15, 2016, 20:07 GMT

    Excellent experience for him on English pitches.

  • Olivier on February 15, 2016, 19:51 GMT

    Good to see this, has a lot of potential although county experience always seems to make australian players much better than the shield players alone. Khawaja just came back from Leistershire after all i believe and can play swing decently now so hopefully Bancroft does the same.

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