Cameron Bancroft ‘smiling broader and broader’ as ball-tampering ban nears a close
Cameron Bancroft's nine-month ban will end on December 29. © cricket.com.au

It s remains unclear if he will make a Test comeback during the ongoing India series, but Cameron Bancroft, almost on the verge of completing his nine-month suspension period, is in good spirits according to the Western Australia Cricket Association Chief Executive who has been closely monitoring his progress.

Bancroft, whose ball-tampering ban ends on December 29, will be ushered back into his Big Bash League franchise Perth Scorchers as soon as he is eligible to play.

Christina Matthews, the WACA chief, said Sunday that Bancroft had taken up more community service hours to fulfil his contractual obligations and was in a good space.

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“As each day in December passes, he’s smiling broader and broader,” she told the radio station SEN. “It was exciting last week when I could write to Cricket Australia and let them know Cameron had completed his community hours.

“He had to do 100 (hours), he did at least double that (and) he wasn’t concerned about how much he did because when he started doing it, he realised how much he had to give and how much he learned from working with people in environments that he never (experienced). We didn’t want it to be a ticking-the-box exercise, to do 100 hours at a junior club and there you go. We wanted it to be a learning experience for him and, to be fair to him, he wanted it to be a productive experience as well.”

Bancroft this week dropped by Australia’s practice session in Perth to meet his one-time team-mates.

While Steve Smith and David Warner were permitted to play T20 cricket in Canada and the Caribbean while they serve 12-year suspensions, Bancroft has since March only played in the Northern Territory Strike League.