In a recent cricket match of the Prime Minister's XI, contenders Cameron Bancroft and Marcus Harris, both eyeing to succeed David Warner in Test cricket, had a less than stellar performance during the first innings. Despite starting strong, neither could fully capitalize on the opportunity, especially in the presence of selectors.
A Tough Pitch
The pitch at Manuka Oval slowed down considerably on the second day, complicating the batting for both Harris and Bancroft. Prior to their innings, Pakistan's captain Shan Masood had set a strong impression with an unbeaten 201, leading Pakistan to declare at 9-391 from 116.2 overs. Harris, on the other hand, scored 49 runs before being caught at mid-on off the bowling of Abrar Ahmed. His opening partner, Bancroft, managed 53 runs before being dismissed lbw.
Analysing the Performance
Australian cricket legend Brett Lee praised Bancroft for his efforts throughout the season, and Brendon Julian noted the patience exhibited by both players. However, Bancroft's dismissal seemed to reveal a persistent weakness in playing across the front pad, as pointed out by Brad McNamara.
Laying The Ground For Future
By the end of the day, the PM's XI reached 2-149 after 60 overs, with Matthew Renshaw and Cameron Green at the crease, not out on 18 and 19 respectively. Despite the less than optimal performance, the game provided a valuable experience for both Bancroft and Harris, further setting the stage for the upcoming opportunities in the world of Test cricket.