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Bancroft suffers accident and ruled out of Sheffield final against Tasmania


Ahead of Sheffield’s final against Tasmania on Thursday at the WACA, Australian batter Cameron Bancroft was admitted to hospital after falling off his bike and was ruled out of the event. Western Australia skipper Sam Whiteman said Bancroft was fine and had been released from hospital. Furthermore, he spoke about the cricketer’s condition and said that the 31-year-old had many scratches on his body. Bancroft’s loss is a major blow to the Western Australian team, as he is the team’s second highest scorer in the tournament. The opener scored 778 runs at an average of 48.62.

“(I’m) pretty gutted, but happy to hear he’s okay and out of the hospital. I think it’s pretty lucky it’s not much worse. He has a lot of scratches. Hopefully we’ll see him around the WACA. “This week, I know he’s gutted to miss it, but he’ll go around the team. He’s done a lot of work this year to get us to the finals,” Whiteman told reporters Wednesday.

In Bancroft’s absence, D’Arcy Short will open the innings and Jayden Goodwin could be promoted to #3. Teague Wyllie will likely replace Bancroft in the playing XI.

Short has only played one Shield match this season where he made 49 hits at No.5 against Queensland on a difficult WACA surface earlier this month.

Goodwin, the son of former Zimbabwe Test batter Murray Goodwin, has had a breakout season, scoring his first-class century against Queensland to cement his place as Western Australia’s number three. He also hit 85 in difficult batting circumstances at Bellerive Oval against Tasmania last month.

Wyllie has not featured in the Shield since early February, having struggled this season averaging 17.80 in six matches. He opened the season with a courageous 94 off 251 deliveries at No. 3 against a full-strength Victorian attack, but faded and was unsuccessfully moved up the order.

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