Durham have confirmed they have signed Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft as their overseas player for 2019. The 25-year-old is trying to bounce back from the spot-fixing scandal which saw him banned for nine months by Cricket Australia.
The scandal stole the headlines during Australia’s tour of South Africa, with Bancroft admitting he used sandpaper to alter the condition of the ball.
He had been due to play for Somerset in 2018 but they withdrew their offer due to uproar, but he will now play for Durham next season.
Bancroft will replace New Zealand’s Tom Latham as the club’s main overseas professional and he admits he cannot wait to get started.
“I am excited to join Durham for the 2019 county season,” he said. “Having played at Emirates Riverside, 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.”
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