Bancroft to debut in third T20I against India


Cameron Bancroft will make his international debut for Australia in the third T20 against India on Sunday as he replaces wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, who will fly to New Zealand to prepare for an ODI series.

Wade along with ODI captain Steve Smith, David Warner, and fast bowlers Kane Richardson and John Hastings will all miss the T20I against the Indians as they go New Zealand early for the ODIs, starting in Auckland on Wednesday.

The 23 year-old Bancroft, who played nine games in the recently completed Big Bash League for the Perth Scorchers, is a makeshift wicketkeeper but has been called up as the Australia selectors see him as a future Test player.

Bancroft was picked for Australia's two-match Test tour to Bangladesh in October but those games were called off due to security reasons.

The right-handed batsman scored 137 runs in this season's BBL at an average of 34.25 with a strike-rate of 128.03 and was chosen ahead of other glovemen such as Tim Paine and Tim Ludeman, who had more prolific campaigns with the bat.

Squad for third T20: Aaron Finch (capt), Shaun Marsh, Shane Watson, Chris Lynn, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Bancroft (wk), James Faulkner, Nathan Lyon, Cameron Boyce, Andrew Tye, Shaun Tait, Scott Boland.