Run out jinx cost wicket, says Cameron Bancroft
DAVID Warner was hauled over the coals for his role in running out rookie opening partner Cameron Bancroft in the Adelaide day-night Test - but he need not have worried.
Fast bowler turned commentator Dirk Nannes accused Warner, who had sent Bancroft back after a yes-no-NO call, had "absolutely torched” his younger partner while former Test skipper Mark Taylor said the youngster had been "cruelled” by the vice-captain.
But Australia's newest cult hero - he of the hilarious press conference and now infamous Jonny Bairstow 'headbutt' - was to blame all along.
So he reckons, anyway.
It was just last month that Bancroft was reminding himself that he'd never been run-out in first class cricket.
And, well, the game finds ways of balancing things out.
And so it wasn't too long before he was on his way for 10, caught short by a direct hit from Chris Woakes at mid-wicket.
"I probably brought the jinx upon myself,” Bancroft admitted.
"Talk about Mother Cricket coming back and biting you on the arse ... I was thinking about a month ago that I hadn't been run out in a four-day game.
"And there you go - I got run out in a Test match. I probably brought that on myself.
"(Warner and I) kissed and made up and hopefully it doesn't happen again.”
Bancroft is happy with the blossoming relationship the opening pair is developing.
But he wants more big scores along the lines of the one the two produced in the second innings in Brisbane - where they combined in an unbeaten 173-run partnership to seal a ten-wicket victory.
"Davey's good out in the middle, he brings a lot of energy to the crease. He's always busy, looking to score,” Bancroft said.
"One thing I've learned in the past, especially with a lot of the partners I've had at Western Australia, things like that take time ... relationships take time to develop. So far he's been great. We've got to know each other personally a little bit and the more we play cricket together the more relationships and partnerships develop.”
Bancroft is preparing for his first Test at the WACA - his home ground and the venue where Australia could win back the Ashes this week.
Bancroft has positive memories of the ground, and two months ago hit a career-best, unbeaten 228 against South Australia in the Sheffield Shield.
He hopes to use that experience to his advantage this week.
"It's fantastic isn't it? It'd be a dream to be able to play a home Test in front of your home crowd,” Bancroft said.
"Obviously I've played a lot of cricket here, so hopefully that can work in our favour.
"The wicket and everything that, I'd like to think I've been able to experience some different conditions here in the past.
"The excitement of being home in Perth and playing in front of your home crowd, that's something that sits really high for me and is something I'm looking forward to.”