Having joined Durham for this county season, Bancroft revisited the issue during an interview with The Guardian this week.
“All I wanted to do was to be responsible and accountable for my own actions and part,” Bancroft said, when asked whether Australia’s bowlers knew what he was doing.
“Obviously what I did benefits bowlers and the awareness around that, probably, is self-explanatory.”
Interviewer Donald McRae reported that he asked Bancroft to clarify whether some of Australia’s bowlers knew, to which the West Australian replied: “Yeah, look, I think, yeah, I think it’s pretty probably self-explanatory”.
Sandpaper gate Scandal: CA asks ‘anyone with new evidence should present it’ to the governing body
In a statement on Saturday, CA said they were open to receiving new information about what happened at Newlands.
“CA has maintained all along that if anyone is in possession of new information in regards to the Cape Town Test of 2018 they should come forward and present it,” a statement read.
“The investigation conducted at the time was detailed and comprehensive. Since then, no one has presented new information to CA that casts doubt on the investigation’s findings.”
Bancroft added he “lost control” of his values at Newlands.
“What had become important to me was being liked, being well valued, feeling really important to my teammates,” he said.
“Like I was contributing something by using sandpaper on a cricket ball.”
Sandpaper gate Scandal: Smith and Warner have made successful returns to international cricket
Smith and Warner have successfully returned to the upper echelon of international cricket, each winning an Allan Border Medal since their time in exile.
Bancroft, who did open for Australia again but was dropped after playing two Ashes Tests in 2019, has not fared as well. Will Pucovski, Joe Burns, Marcus Harris and Matthew Wade have recently been selected ahead of Bancroft at the top of Australia’s batting order.
“That’s a goal and a door I haven’t shut for myself,” Bancroft said, when asked about the possibility of a Test recall.
“But it’s also something I’m not mentally stressing about and obsessing about either.”
Note: The inputs are from Cricket Australia website