Bancroft’s unhappy debut capped by a reprimand

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Cameron Bancroft’s first experience of county cricket proved to be a galling one after he was penalised under the ECB’s discipline code for dissent on his Gloucestershire debut.

Bancroft showed his displeasure after he was adjudged caught at the wicket off Essex’s pace bowler Jamie Porter for a third-ball duck – his second single-figure score of the match while opening the batting in Gloucestershire’s opening Specsavers Championship match.

He was reported by umpires Michael Gough and Jeff Evans for a Level One breach of the code (showing dissent at an umpire’s decision by word or action).

Although Bancroft escaped with a reprimand, the penalty remains on his record for a period of two years and the accumulation of nine or more penalty points in any two year period will result in an automatic suspension.

Bancroft, the Western Australia wicketkeeper-batsman, has signed for Gloucestershire for the first two months of the English season. He made his Australia debut in the final T20 against India in Sydney earlier this year.

He is one of three Western Australia players signed by Gloucestershire. Michael Klinger, captain in limited-overs cricket, returns towards the end of May, alongside the T20 specialist Andrew Tye.

Surrey’s Tom Curran was also reported by umpires David Millns and Tim Robinson for a Level One offence during Surrey’s Championship match against Nottinghamshire.

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