Cameron Bancroft is delighted with Steve Wa's claim that he is the best bat he has ever seen, with an exceptional catch on Lord's second day.
Getting near the side of his feet with express pacer Pat Cummins charging, Bancroft picked up a brilliant catch on his second attempt to remove England's possessed opening Rory Burns for 53 in the afternoon session of the second ash test.
After being bombarded by a barrage of firing cummins and struck twice on the torso, Burns headed for another short ball from World Test # 1 on the test vessel to the sideline.
But Bancroft was waiting for him only 4.36 meters from the batsman, waiting for the shot and following the path of the ball to the left.
Although he missed the catch on the first try, he had the mind to hold on to the ball to roll it just a few millimeters from the illuminated grass of the Lord.
The third referee was asked to double-check the ball did not hit the ground, but after reps confirmed the catch was clear, Burns left, falling 16 and 47.
"No wonder Rory Burns didn't want to leave, he couldn't believe it was taken," Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara said in a comment on Sky Sports.
According to Cricviz, Bancroft made 11 catches of bat flights without putting up.
These figures support Wo's claim that Bancroft is the best short leg he has encountered after being blown out of the hole skills during an Australian camp on this tour.
"The only thing I was surprised at was Cameron Bancroft's short-leg practice," Wa said before the first Ashe test at Edgbaston.
"I had a session with him the other day and I've never seen anything like it.
"When we were playing, nobody wanted to be short-legged and it was like a torture chamber to get someone there.
"But he just loves him and his training is just out of this world.
"I hit probably 40 balls at him at close range.
"He may have caught ten of them these days – I think he caught 39.
"Watch England because he's the best short I've ever seen."
The Bancroft bat shine is not a new phenomenon.
Four years ago, NSW Blues left-hander Steve O & # 39; Keefe chanted Wo's words by summoning Bancroft's talent after playing alongside him during the Australia A tour of India.
"Bancroft is probably the best bat pad I've ever seen," O'Keefe said after the 22-year-old Bancroft was selected on a two-test tour to Bangladesh, which was eventually delayed.
"Don't be surprised to see if he plays, some special ones are grabbing there in the bat.
"He has no fear. He is kind of a fool that when the batsman comes back to pull, he will not be guarded – he will throw his body in front of the ball.
"He took a few special robberies in India and it was no surprise to any of his teammates because he did it consistently."
The 26-year-old has been talking about how he worked in bat training since being cast as a youngster in Western Australia.
"Like the youngest team in the team you got into on a bat, right?" Bancroft said ahead of his debut Test against England in Ash 2017-18 in Australia.
"I think at the beginning I just fulfilled the role because I was the youngest player in the country.
"Then I took a couple of really good chances … and thought that there probably wasn't a person in the world who would sit there and go, 'I want to be really good at that.'
"I remember a few years ago at the cricket academy. I really worked hard for that and set myself a goal of being really good in that position. I accepted the challenge."
2019 Qantas Ashes Tour of England
Australia Squad: Tim Payne (c), Cameron Bancroft, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazelwood, Travis Head, Usman Havaj, Marnus Labushan, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Nesser, James Pattinson, Peter Seadle, Steve Smith, Mitch Smith, Mitch Smith , David Warner.
Team England: Joe Roth (c), Joffra Archer, Johnny Burstow, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Joss Butler, Sam Curran, Joe Denley, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes (vc), Chris Wakes.
First test: Australia beat England by 251 runs in Edgbaston
Second test: August 14-18, Lord
Third Test: August 22-26, Hedingy
Match Match: Australians vs. Derbyshire, August 29-31
Fourth Test: September 4-8, Old Trafford
The fifth test: September 12-16, Oval