Ashes 2017: Cameron Bancroft claims Perth track will not suit Anderson much

The third Magellan Ashes Test will start from 14 December in Perth.

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Australian opener Cameron Bancroft, on Sunday, claimed that England star pacer James Anderson is unlikely to get the same magical swing and movement that he got in the Adelaide Test during the third Magellan Ashes Test in Perth. Anderson wrecked the Australian batters on Day 3 of the second Test with his exceptional swing, taking his maiden five-wicket haul in the Ashes in Australia 

Bancroft believes that the conditions at the WACA Ground might swing towards James Anderson that can make him “very damaging” during the third Ashes Test in Perth. Although, Cameron believes that the England’s leading wicket-taker will still be a worry in Perth for the hosts, expecting early swing at the WACA Ground, and can help him to damage the Australian top order like Adelaide.

According to a report in Cricket Australia’s official website, Cameron Bancroft told reporters in Perth, “When he’s able to swing the ball like that, he’s extremely hard work and he’s very, very damaging. No matter what's going on it's bloody hard work when the ball is swinging like that. You can have the best game plan in the world but there can be a ball with your name on it.”

Commenting on WACA track, the 25-years-old added that the Perth track is batsmen friendly track, although it would still offer some assistance to the swing bowlers like Anderson early on.

He stated, “Always in the first session at the WACA it can be quite hard work, but like anything, if you're willing to put in the hard yards early you can reap rewards later in the game. It's such a fast outfield that you don't have to worry too much about scoring, the ball goes through the infield and you instantly get two even if you don't hit it really well. That's the beauty of playing at the WACA.”

Bancroft concluded by saying, “Hopefully, if we can do that and keep wearing their bowlers down, we can give ourselves the best chance to get guys to make big scores and post big scores as a team too."


By Rashmi Nanda - 11 Dec, 2017

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