Willetton District Cricket Club throws support behind Cameron Bancroft

Cameron Bancroft. Photo: Getty
Cameron Bancroft. Photo: Getty

THE Willetton District Cricket Club will provide support to Cameron Bancroft and his family, but were tight-lipped on the incident that has placed one of their stars at the centre of an embarrassing incident for Australian cricket.

Bancroft was fined 75 per cent of his match fee and slapped with three demerit points for his role in the ball tampering scandal that erupted during Australia’s third Test loss to South Africa.

Dragons president Ron Kukura said Bancroft had the backing of the Premier Cricket club, but would not elaborate given Cricket Australia had launched an internal investigation.

“(The club) will support Cam and his family. That’s all we can say at this stage,” he said.

Cameras caught Bancroft trying to alter the condition of the ball during day three of the Cape Town Test.

Senior players hatched the plan during the lunch break, with Bancroft – playing just his eighth match – tasked with carrying it out.

Bancroft punishment has not ruled him out of playing in the fourth Test of the four-match series starting Friday.

But captain Steve Smith is unavailable after the ICC handed him a one match suspension.

He was also fined 100 per cent of his match fee.

Smith stepped down as captain for the final days of the match, as did vice captain David Warner, who was not fined or sanctioned.

Australia ultimately folded to lose by 322 runs.

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