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Sport Lehmann and Smith back 'learning' Bancroft

12:36  09 january  2018
12:36  09 january  2018 Source:   msn.com

Bancroft in sickening head shot

  Bancroft in sickening head shot Cameron Bancroft might have struggled for runs during the Ashes, but proved his toughness after being struck in the helmet by a Joe Root pull shot in the fifth Test.The Aussie opener was fielding at short leg with Mitchell Starc bowling when England captain Joe Root pulled a short ball straight into him at speed.

But Lehmann hinted Bancroft had still shown enough to be given a chance against South Africa's potent fast-bowling unit in March. "For me you've got a young guy there learning his craft, he's got a great work ethic. "So for me moving forward, end of the day, it'll come down to selectors but he's a

Australia’s captain Steve Smith , vice-captain David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were the only players aware of the ball-tampering plot and have been sent home while Darren Lehmann stays in post. The Guardian - Back to home. Support The Guardian Subscribe Find a job Jobs.

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"For me you've got a young guy there learning his craft, he's got a great work ethic.

Darren Lehmann © AAP Image/Joe Castro Darren Lehmann "So for me moving forward, end of the day, it'll come down to selectors but he's a good young kid, works hard; we're pretty happy with him."

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That timing, on top of his captain Steve Smith's desire for consistency as he looks ahead to next year's English Ashes series, will count in Bancroft's favour.

"He's a good young player, he's a great character and he's got a terrific work ethic and the more he plays he's going to continue to improve and get better," Smith said after the Sydney win.

"If the selectors keep the faith, and I hope they do, then it'll only be good for him and good for the group."

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