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Cameron Bancroft axed from third Ashes Test

Australia, in a shock revelation, dropped Cameron Bancroft several hours before the third Ashes Test at Leeds.



Cameron Bancroft axed from third Ashes Test
Cameron Bancroft dropped following poor performance. Photo: ICC Cricket

Cricket Australia selectors, in a shock revelation, has dropped Cameron Bancroft several hours before the third Ashes Test at Leeds, Headingley.

Bancroft, on his return to international cricket after suspension, repeatedly failed to fire recording scores of 8 and 7 in the first Ashes Test before adding 13 and 16 in Australia’s two innings at Lord’s last weekend.

The Daily Telegraph reported Marcus Harris is set to replace Bancroft. Harris opened in all six Tests last summer but lost his spot in the team against a returning David Warner.

In another forced move for Australia, Marnus Labuschagne will replace Steve Smith after the former skipper has been ruled out of the third Test for concussion being hit in the back of his neck by a brutal Jofra Archer short ball.

Labuschagne became the first concussion substitute in Test cricket history, who led Australia drawing the second Test at Lord’s scoring 59 runs in the second innings.

The 30-year old Smith will have to confront pacers in net sessions before being cleared to play.

Australia captain Tim Paine said, “There’s a strong medical process in place. Steve has to tick a lot of boxes to make sure he’s ready to go, that our medical staff are comfortable with him playing.”

“Steve Smith is the best player in the world. He will come back next Test or the tour game and we’re expecting it will be the same old Steve.

“He’s a high-quality player and he will adapt, as he always has,” Paine said.

Also for Australia, James Pattinson is set to return to the playing eleven at the expense of veteran paceman Peter Siddle.

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