Durham sign Cameron Bancroft for 2019 season

Durham County Cricket Club have announced the signing of Australia opener Cameron Bancroft as overseas professional for 2019.

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 is currently serving a nine month suspension from Crciket Australia for bringing the game in Australia into disrepute by tampering with the ball in the, now imfamous, Newlands Test against South Africa.

The 25-year-old international has featured in eight Test matches 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.

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.”

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.

The Australia opener said: “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”.