Fellow Scorchers learning lessons from Bancroft
Cameron Bancroft's return from his nine-month ban from the ball-tampering saga has taught his Big Bash League captain Ashton Turner to be more grateful for his cricket.
Bancroft played his second game back in the BBL on Wednesday night, scoring 19 in Perth's one-run loss to the Sydney Thunder.
Turner was noticeably gutted after the match, finishing 60 not out on a low and slow Spotless Stadium wicket and helping to take 18 runs off the last over to fall just one short.
But he said thinking of Bancroft's ban had made him more appreciative of the sport.
"It's funny. It's quite humbling when you talk and answer a lot of questions about the game and get really involved in that," Turner said.
"And then talk about someone like Cam who for nine months has had this game taken away from him.
"As bitter as I feel at the moment and disappointed [about the result], we're really lucky to be out here at the moment and playing in front of full crowds and on TV.
"It's a great opportunity and a game we love playing."
Bancroft was warmly received at Spotless Stadium, just as he was when he played his comeback game against Hobart in Launceston earlier this week.
Turner said he'd remained in good spirits in the lead-up to his return, which came just days after his controversial Fox Sports interview was aired.
"He came away for our first couple of games on tour just to help out around the group," Turner said.
"I have never seen him so bubbly around the group. He'd come to training and just throw balls at batters, hit high balls at training.
"As a friend I'm really proud of the journey he has been on over the past nine months.
"He has changed a lot as a person and he's discovered some things outside of cricket which he probably wouldn't have got the chance to do had the incident in South Africa not happened."
Bancroft averaged 48.50 in five games last summer for the Scorchers, and also looked good on Wednesday before being dismissed.
His innings including a big six over long on from spinner Chris Green, a sign of what the Scorchers hope is to come given they've now dropped four of their opening five games to sit seventh.
"He's such a good player, he's going to ease his way back into this tournament and have a really big impact for us," Turner said.
"We've proven to ourselves that finishing the top of the table isn't always the best way to go.
"The job for us now is to swing around a little bit of momentum and find a way to get into that top four."