London: Disgraced Australian cricketer Cameron Bancroft will play for Durham in 2019, the English County side announced Friday. The 25-year-old opening batsman received a nine-month ban for his role in a ball-tampering scandal in Australia’s Test series with South Africa in March.
“Durham County Cricket Club are delighted to announce the signing of Cameron Bancroft for 2019,” the club said in a statement. “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.”
Bancroft, who has played eight Tests with a top score of 82 not out during the Ashes series with England last winter, welcomed the contract but indicated he was also eyeing possible selection for his country in two major events taking place in England in 2019.
“I am excited to join Durham for the 2019 county season,” Bancroft said. “Having played at Riverside in 2017 I know what a great place it is to play cricket. “I am grateful for the opportunity.”
Jon Lewis, Durham’s head coach, said Bancroft would be a more than capable replacement for their present overseas player New Zealand’s Tom Latham. “Cameron provides us with a very talented overseas signing who can bulk up our batting line up and help us compete for silverware,” said Lewis.
“Cameron is a talented top order batsman and a great talent across all formats, he has the appetite and temperament for scoring big runs.”