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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 October 2018

Cameron Bancroft targets Australia return after 'rollercoaster' suspension

Australia batsman was handed a nine-month ban for his part in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March

Cameron Bancroft during the March Test in Cape Town where he was subsequently found guilty of ball-tampering. Gianluigi Guercia / AFP
Cameron Bancroft during the March Test in Cape Town where he was subsequently found guilty of ball-tampering. Gianluigi Guercia / AFP

Cameron Bancroft has said he is targeting a return to the Australia cricket team after he completes his nine-month suspension for his role in a ball-tampering scandal.

Bancroft, 25, was found guilty of attempting to manipulate the conditions of the ball with yellow sandpaper during the third of four Tests in South Africa in March.

It was an act which led to a widespread condemnation and also saw captain Steve Smith and deputy David Warner receive 12-month suspensions for their respective involvement.

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While Bancroft, the most junior member of Australia's XI in Cape Town, is banned at international and domestic state level, he is preparing to make his comeback in the Northern Territory's Strike League.

"Right now I'm feeling really good," Bancroft said. "The last couple of months have been a bit of a rollercoaster. You certainly ride the waves of grieving.

"There's been times where I've felt really sad, there's been times where I've felt really angry.

"But overall, I've worked really hard on myself, been really busy with a lot of things and right now it's just another step forward, heading up to Darwin to play some cricket and I'm really looking forward to it."

The ultimate goal for Bancroft is to once again represent Australia.

"I can't change what happened in South Africa and that's something I'm completely accountable for," he said.

"Everything since South Africa I've moved towards have been steps closer to one day getting back and playing cricket for Australia again."