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Why exiled WA cricketer Bancroft may hold the key to our Ashes hopes

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The oldest rivalry in cricket reignites this Thursday and will see Australia's banned trio back together in a sign our national cricket team has come full circle from the horrors of the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa to one of harmony in England.

It's the last time (for some time) The Ashes will be broadcast on Nine but the first time Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft will don the baggy green after 'sandpapergate' last March.

David Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft greeted by Justin Langer at training on Monday.Credit:PA

The scandalous reaction from all corners to the embarrassing affair was all hype when considering other Australian cricket scandals like 1994's John the Bookmaker, Warnie's diuretic, and even Trevor Chappel's underarm ball.

News last week of a doping scandal in the Australian swim team at the World Swimming Championships deserved the reaction and scrutiny afforded the trio, who were guilty of the widespread practice of ball-tampering but left hung out to dry seemingly for the embarrassment they caused a nation in trying to hide it.

On form, Perth cricketer Bancroft deserves to be reinstated to the national side as much as Warner and Smith, averaging a tick of 30 across eight Tests and, crucially, having a fantastic season in country cricket.

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