Cameron Bancroft appointed Durham captain
Durham have appointed Australian opener Cameron Bancroft as captain. He will be in charge for their County Championship and One-Day Cup campaigns this season.
Bancroft returned to action last December after a period of nine month suspension for his role in the ball tampering scandal in South Africa in March 2018.
The opener was caught on camera attempting to manipulate the ball with sandpaper during the Newlands Test. Being the most junior among the trio, CA sanctioned him the lowest penalty. Former captain Steven Smith and vice-captain David Warner were handed year long ban following the scandal.
Durham Cricket’s Lead High Performance coach James Franklin said,
“We’re confident he has the attributes to lead.”
He also said, “He has invaluable experience at the top level and has enjoyed a successful spell in England before, during his time with Gloucestershire.”
Bancroft, 26, is going to replace former skipper Paul Collingwood who retired at the end of the 2018 campaign.
“He’s proven since returning to first-class cricket over the last few months that he has the mental toughness, skill and attitude to excel at the highest level and I’m sure he will relish the challenge we have at Durham this season,” Franklin said.
Bancroft featured in the Big Bash League and Sheffield Shield on his comeback, will miss Durham’s championship opener at Derbyshire, which starts on April 5 as Cricket Australia asked him to attend an end of season dinner.
First-Class & One-Day captain: @cbancroft4
— Durham Cricket 🏏 (@DurhamCricket) March 21, 2019
A simply astonishing confession from Australia captain Steve Smith and batsman Cameron Bancroft 😳 pic.twitter.com/YaE7fBZamq
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) March 24, 2018