Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft, who has been banned by Cricket Australia for his role in the Newlands ball-tampering scandal, will play for Durham in 2019, the English county side announced on Friday, omitting to mention in their statement his role in a scandal that rocked the sport. Also Read - IND vs AUS: Cricket Australia Writes Open Letter to BCCI, Says 'Will Never Forget The Sacrifices' | Read Full Letter
Bancroft was banned for nine months by the country’s cricket board for his part in a ball-tampering scandal in Australia’s Test series with South Africa in March. Also Read - 4th Test, IND vs AUS: Ricky Ponting Explains Why Has Been Left Shocked After India's Historic Win At Gabba
“Durham County Cricket Club are delighted to announce the signing of Cameron Bancroft for 2019,” the club said. Also Read - IND vs AUS, 4th Test: 'Cheteshwar Pujara Put His Body on The Line For Indian Cricket'
“The Australian opener will sign as the club’s overseas player and be available in all formats for the full campaign, subject to international selection,” the club added.
The 25-year-old has so far played eight Tests for Australia and opened the batting against England in the Ashes last year. Bancroft has also featured for Australia at T20 level and is a key member of the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash. Bancroft made an eye-catching 82 in Australia’s second innings in the first Ashes Test and has an impressive record in first-class cricket with a top score of 228 not out.
Durham County Cricket Club, Head Coach, Jon Lewis, said, “Cameron provides us with a very talented overseas signing who can bulk up our batting line up and help us compete for silverware.
“Tom Latham has done a great job for us over the past two seasons but we anticipate Tom being unavailable due to the World Cup in 2019, therefore we were delighted to be able to bring Cameron in. Cameron is a talented top order batsman and a great talent across all formats, he has the appetite and temperament for scoring big runs,” he added.
Bancroft also welcomed the contract and said he was excited to join Durham for the 2019 county season.
“I am excited to join Durham for the 2019 county season. Having played at Emirates Riverside in 2017 I know what a great place it is to play cricket. With the Ashes and ODI World Cup both being played in the UK in 2019 it will be a huge summer of cricket. I am grateful for the opportunity and I can’t wait to get over and make an impact with Durham,” he said.