The Ashes debutant for Australia Cameron Bancroft was lucky enough to escape unharmed after being hit by a Dawid Malan hook shot while fielding at the short leg position.
Malan timed his hook off Mitchell Starc nicely but could only slap the ball straight towards Bancroft’s face. Fortunately for Australia, the grill on Bancroft’s helmet took the brunt of it and he quickly shrugged it off on to continue playing seemingly without any ill-effects.
Later, David Warner too was seen rubbing the spot of Bancroft which was hit by the ball.
Here’s the video:
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The commentators were quick to praise Bancroft remarking: “Look at Bancroft, has not flinched! His first thoughts are ‘get your hand somewhere near it.””