Gloucestershire capture Australian wicket-keeper Bancroft

The English county have signed the wicket-keeper as cover for Michael Klinger.

Gloucestershire capture Australian wicket-keeper Bancroft
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Gloucestershire CC have announced the arrival of Cameron Bancroft on a short-term deal. He will play has the side's overseas player.

The wicket-keeper-batsman will come in from the start of the season until the end of May, when opener Michael Klinger is expected to return to the county.

Bancroft just starting out

He made his Australia debut against India earlier this month, and his arrival comes after the recommendation of Klinger. The pair have a seemingly close relationship.

He will be available for selection in five county championship matches across April and May and scored 885 runs in the Sheffield Shield last season.

Bancroft also made 224 runs in the series between Australia A and India A and is someone who is exciting to watch, taking on the bowler on at every opportunity. 

Richard Dawson, the Gloucestershire coach, said: "Michael Klinger has given him really good reviews - he said he's very fit, hard-working and is committed to trying to improve and kick on."

Bancroft should be a useful addition to the Gloucestershire line-up. | Image source: Cricket Australia
Bancroft should be a useful addition to the Gloucestershire line-up. | Image source: Cricket Australia

Largely inexperienced

The 'keeper has made just 66 professional appearances in his career so far across first-class, List A and T20 cricket.

He has a high score of 211 and has a healthy average of 36.71 and was selected in the Australian test squad that were due to take on Bangladesh last year.

However, the tour was canceled and he is still waiting for his opportunity to come into the longest form of the game.

He has been billed as one of the most exciting prospects coming up in the ranks in Australia, but is still some way behind Peter Nevil as the first choice wicket-keeper.

Bancroft is currently playing for New South Wales in his hometown and his most recent match was only ten days ago.

He hit 45 but didn't bat in the second innings as his side drew with Western Australia.