Cameron Bancroft gave away his wicket to Anderson in the second Test    Getty Images
Cameron Bancroft gave away his wicket to Anderson in the second Test Getty Images

James Anderson, as was expected of him, has been at the peak of his form in The Ashes 2017-18 and Cameron Bancroft is aware of the challenge of facing him in England s must win at Perth. Bancroft had lost his wicket to Anderson in the second Test and says he will watch out for the swing Anderson produces.

“When he’s able to swing the ball like that, he’s extremely hard work and he’s very, very damaging. No matter what’s going on it s bloody hard work when the ball is swinging like that, Bancroft said in a press conference, reported cricket.com.au.

“You can have the best game plan in the world but there can be a ball with your name on it. I thought the little patch where [David] Warner and [Usman] Khawaja were batting in the second innings, that’s as hard as it gets. That just showed you two really good scorers in cricket, very fluent scorers, found it very, very difficult,” he added.

Bancroft has noticed during Sheffield Shield not only how the ball swings initially at Perth but also that one can score good runs later towards the day.

“Always in the first session at the WACA it can be quite hard work, but like anything, if you’re willing to put in the hard yards early you can reap rewards later in the game. It’s such a fast outfield that you don’t have to worry too much about scoring, the ball goes through the infield and you instantly get two even if you don’t hit it really well. That’s the beauty of playing at the WACA.

“And hopefully if we can do that and keep wearing their bowlers down, we can give ourselves the best chance to get guys to make big scores and post big scores as a team too.”

Bancroft also believes his county experience will count to help his counter the lateral movement.

“The last couple of years I’ve been able to play some county cricket in England where the ball does move a lot more sideways swing and off the wickets as well. I’ve gone through ups and downs there and patches where I’ve done really, really well. That’s an important part of developing a good game plan for things like that,” he said.