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Cameron Bancroft, one of the three Australian cricketers suspended for ball-tampering earlier this year, will return to top flight cricket after serving his nine-month ban as he has been named in the Perth Scorchers squad against Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League on Sunday.

Bancroft, whose nine-month suspension term ends on December 29, earlier this week explained why he used sandpaper on the ball and his journey back from suspension.

Bancroft had also admitted he nearly walked away from the game to become a yoga teacher in the wake of the vitriol that met the tampering scandal.

In an interview to Adam Gilchrist for Fox Sports player Bancroft on Wednesday confirmed David Warner asked him to alter the ball during the tampering scandal in South Africa and said he went along with it “to fit in”.

Bancroft is most likely to take the gloves for the Scorchers, who have used both Sam Whiteman and Josh Inglis in that role this season.

The Scorchers are the BBL’s most successful club but have won just one of their three games this season, though Hobart’s George Bailey is not taking them lightly ahead of the Sunday evening match-up.

“Every team has their strengths, I’m waiting for when you come up against a team and think, ‘this should be a good match up for us’ but it feels like every team obviously has got outstanding players and stars with bat and ball so there’s some really big challenges,” the Hurricanes veteran said.