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Bancroft reveals retirement plans

10th April 2019, 16:17 by Tom Hill

Durham's Cameron Bancroft says he thought about quitting cricket after being banned for his part in the ball-tampering scandal.

The Australian was handed a nine-month ban for his part in the saga, with David Warner and Steve Smith also suspended following their roles during the incident in South Africa.

Smith and Warner were given 12 month bans after a review by Cricket Australia was carried out but all three are now hoping to return to the Baggy Greens fold.

Bancroft signed for Durham in August 2018 before being handed the captain's armband and he admits he is grateful for the opportunity after nearly walking away from the sport, revealing previously he thought about becoming a yoga instructor.

"It was a very challenging time for me and at that point you can't really see how you're going to come out the other side," he told BBC Newcastle.

"But like anything, you keep working. You keep taking steps forward and here I am now and I'm playing cricket again and enjoying every minute of it.

"There were definitely times when I felt like that [wanted to walk away from cricket], but once I got back playing for my club team in Perth I had a lot of fun."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

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