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Cameron Bancroft’s time at Durham may very well be curtailed if he will get chosen to play for Australia within the Ashes © Getty
Durham have appointed Australian abroad batsman Cameron Bancroft as their captain for this season’s County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup campaigns.
Bancroft is a controversial alternative for the function given he has not too long ago returned from a nine-month ban for his half within the Australian ball tampering affair in Cape City final 12 months. The 26-year-old was caught utilizing sandpaper on the ball through the third Check in opposition to South Africa and was subsequently discovered to have adopted directions from opening batsman David Warner to take action. Warner and captain Steve Smith had been banned for 12 months every for his or her roles within the episode.
The incident introduced Bancroft’s Check profession to a halt after simply eight matches by which he had averaged a shade over 30. He had carried out sufficient in his restricted alternatives to counsel he had the sport for the very best stage however with out ever absolutely nailing down his spot. Bancroft mentioned later that one of the crucial galling issues about the entire episode was that he had given up his place within the workforce by his actions.
He returned to motion for Perth Scorchers within the Massive Bash in December after which scored an unbeaten hundred in opposition to New South Wales in February in his first first-class match for the reason that ban. It proved that he had misplaced little of his expertise and skill to bat for lengthy durations – one thing of a rarity in Australian cricket at current. And with Australia nonetheless looking out for a constant opening pair after their collection loss to India, Bancroft’s identify is more likely to be included within the Ashes squad for this summer time’s collection in opposition to England.
Ought to he be chosen, his time at Durham could be curtailed though he must be obtainable for a minimum of 9 Championship video games and the entire of the one-day event.
Bancroft will be part of up with Durham for his or her second Championship match in opposition to Sussex at Emirates Riverside, beginning on April 11, after being requested by Cricket Australia to attend an finish of season dinner again residence. He’ll miss the opening Championship match consequently and batsman Alex Lees will captain in his stead.
Durham Cricket’s Lead Excessive Efficiency Coach, James Franklin, mentioned: “We’re delighted to have Cameron with us for the season and we’re assured he has the attributes to guide this thrilling younger Durham dressing room.
“He has invaluable expertise on the prime stage and has loved a profitable spell in England earlier than, throughout his time with Gloucestershire. He is confirmed since returning to first-class cricket over the previous few months that he has the psychological toughness, talent and perspective to excel on the highest stage and I am certain he’ll relish the problem now we have at Durham this season.”