Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Finch Tells Bancroft to Persevere

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Finch Tells Bancroft to Persevere

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CRICKET: Under-fire Australian Test opener Cameron Bancroft has been urged to stick to his batting plans despite his "very soft" first innings dismissal in Durban.

Already under pressure to hold his spot after lean returns in five Ashes Tests, Bancroft was out for just five on the first day against South Africa after walking down the wicket to Proteas seamer Vernon Philander and edging a delivery to the keeper.

His opening partner David Warner conceded Bancroft's dismissal was "very soft" and calls have come already for dumped batsman Matt Renshaw to get on a plane to Africa.

But Aussie one-day opener Aaron Finch, fresh off a match-winning 151 not out for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield, said Bancroft should not be deterred by his ugly exit.

"He had a pretty clear game plan against Philander last night and it didn't work, but I really hope he sticks to that and plays the way he has planned in his head," said Finch, who will captain Victoria against NSW in the second last round of the Sheffield Shield starting today. …

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