Durham have today announced the signing of Australian opener Cameron Bancroft ahead of the 2021 County season.
Bancroft who spent the 2019 season with Durham is no stranger to English cricket. Before his time at the Riverside, Bancroft spent time with Gloucestershire in 2016/17.
The Australian is a superb signing for Durham who have instantly improved their top-order batting with his signature. During the 2019 season, Bancroft scored 726 runs at an average of 45.37 in nine County Championship matches – adding 377 runs at an average of 94.25 in the One Day Cup.
Bancroft currently holds a 38.36 average across all first-class cricket with 14 centuries to his name. He was controversially appointed as captain of the Durham team after being banned from cricket for his part in sandpaper gate which rocked Australian cricket.
He will miss the start of the English season as the Australian domestic season runs through April. However, he will be available for selection from May onwards.
It remains to be seen if Bancroft will be handed the captaincy again in 2021 with no mention of it in the press release. Cameron recently scored an excellent century for Western Australia against South Australia, and he'll be looking to add plenty more over the summer.
Director of Cricket, Marcus North commented:
“We are really pleased to welcome Cameron back to Emirates Riverside this summer.
“He had a positive influence on and off the field during his time with us in 2019.
“Cameron is currently having a fantastic summer down under for Western Australia and we look forward to him having a big impact for Durham when he re-joins the squad in May.”