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Cameron Bancroft replaces Matthew Wade for third T20I

Cameron Bancroft replaces Matthew Wade for third T20I
Matthew Wade will leave early for the New Zealand tour.
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The Australian selectors have picked Cameron Bancroft for the third Twenty20 International against India in the place of wicket-keeper batsman Matthew Wade, who is set to leave early for the upcoming tour of New Zealand.

Along with Wade, Steven Smith, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson, John Hastings and Josh Hazlewood will also leave for New Zealand on Saturday.

Bancroft was initially called up to the Test side for the tour of Bangladesh in October but he was unable to get a chance after the series was postponed due to security concerns.

The 23-year-old is a part-time wicket-keeper who recently kept wickets for the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League 2015-16 after an injury to Sam Whiteman.

Backing his ability to do well in the limited overs formats, Bancroft is looking to perform consistently at the top level.

“I’ve always believed in myself that I’ve been able to score at better than a run a ball.

“I’ve always known that I’ve been capable of putting in a performance like that (72 from 53 against the Thunder) so it was nice to get that opportunity, but also take it and do something with it.

“That’s just one game, so hopefully I can keep performing and keep being consistent – that’s what you strive for as a player.” 

Speaking about his role as a wicket-keeper, Bancroft revealed that he has the experience of keeping wickets at the junior level.

“For me, ‘keeping was something I always did as a junior.

“I think in Twenty20 cricket one of the biggest things is being able to pick ‘Hoggy’ (Brad Hogg).

“I was lucky enough to play in the same club team as him so I’ve had that up my sleeve.

“It’s been nice to change things up, you certainly watch the ball differently to what you do in the field and I think that helps your batting in a way.”

Having conceded a 1-0 lead to India in the first T20I, Australia will look to even the scales when they take the field at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the second game on Friday. 

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