[caption id="attachment_753112" align="alignnone" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/cameron-bancroft.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-753112" alt="cameron bancroft" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/cameron-bancroft.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Cameron Bancroft (AFP Photo)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>With his nine-month ban from cricket for his involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in Newlands set to end on December 29, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/australia/">Australia</a> batsman <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/cameron-bancroft/">Cameron Bancroft</a> is slowly but steadily plotting his return. <p></p> <p></p>He recently returned to playing professional cricket when he led his club Willetton to a nine-wicket win against Midland-Guildfordin. His return with the bat wasn't impressive 4 off 13 deliveries but he did take three catches while fielding in the slips. <p></p> <p></p>While serving the ban, Bancroft's biggest challenge has been to how to detach himself from cricket and to do that he completed a yoga teaching course and learned Spanish among other things during "one of the most unbelievable months I ve ever had." <p></p> <p></p>"You don t realise how much the game is part of you until something massive like Cape Town happens," Bancroft said of his role in the ball-tampering scandal that resulted in him being banned by Cricket Australia alongside Steve Smith and David Warner. "I've been challenged a lot and to be able to detach myself from cricket has been one of the biggest lessons I've had to learn." <p></p> <p></p>The period has also given the 25-year-old to reflect on what he thinks of himself as a person. "Learning to detach myself from this guy that was a professional cricketer ... it s who I thought I was as a person. There have been times I haven t played cricket and sat there and wondered how I got here. To be here now is another part of the journey and I m here to embrace it," he said. <p></p> <p></p>However, Bancroft, who has played eight Tests so far, has managed to find the mental peace following the scandal. "The more I have been able to let that go and understand who I am certainly breaks the anxiety that you put yourself under as a professional sportsman. Dealing with those challenges has been difficult, but part of the journey," he said.