Bancroft confident

CAPE TOWN – Australia opening batsman Cameron Bancroft is unsure what to expect from the Newlands pitch for the third Test against South Africa starting on Friday but he is expecting Mitchell Starc to overcome a sore calf in time to play.

Australia’s players had a four-day break after their six-wicket defeat in the second Test in Port Elizabeth to level the four-match series at 1-1, but fast bowler Starc was a notable absentee from training yesterday.

“The four days off have been good for everyone, especially our bowlers, they have done a lot of work in the last six months,” Bancroft said.