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Haddin "shocked" by Bancroft selection

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Former Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has questioned why Cameron Bancroft was selected as gloveman for last night’s final Twenty20 against India.

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Bancroft missed a key stumping opportunity off legspinner Cameron Boyce to dismiss Suresh Raina first ball with the Indian batsman going on to register a match-sealing unbeaten 49.

Bancroft is not a specialist keeper and while he took the gloves for the Perth Scorchers throughout their Big Bash campaign he remains in the field for Western Australia in first class cricket.

“I’m a bit shocked with the decision to play Bancroft, because Tim Paine had a really good Big Bash, and Peter Nevill’s keeping has been outstanding,” Haddin told the Sky Sports Radio’s Big Sports Breakfast this morning.

“My feeling is you should pick the best wicketkeeper, because you’ve got to take those half chances.

“But the chairman of selectors [Rod Marsh] is a wicketkeeper. I don’t really know his rationale behind it.”

Bancroft was unlucky not to secure his first Australian Test cap after being selected as an opening batsman on Australia’s cancelled tour of Bangladesh last October.

However, given the makeup of Australia’s Twenty20 squad, the 23-year-old batted at No.7 in his international Twenty20 debut and did not face a ball after coming to the crease in the final over.

Haddin argued that with the wicketkeeper unlikely to play a large role in T20 batting, the country’s safest gloveman should be chosen for this form of the game.

Bancroft was brought into the side after the struggling Matthew Wade was rested ahead of the one-day series in New Zealand, which begins on Wednesday.

-AAP

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