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New Durham captain Bancroft will learn from ball-tampering scandal, says club's CEO

Tim Bostock defended Durham's decision to hand Cameron Bancroft the captaincy despite last year's ball-tampering scandal.

New Durham captain Cameron Bancroft is a stronger and better person having gone through the furore which followed the ball-tampering scandal, according to the club's chief executive.

The county appointed Bancroft as their new skipper earlier this week, almost exactly a year on from Australia's third Test against South Africa at Newlands, when the opening batsman admitted trying to alter the condition of the ball using sandpaper while he was fielding.

Bancroft was banned for nine months - while team-mates David Warner and Steve Smith were handed year-long suspensions - and the former only made his return in the Big Bash League for Perth Scorchers in December.

He will spend the 2019 season with Durham and will lead the side in both the County Championship and One-Day Cup, with chief executive Tim Bostock adamant the 26-year-old is the right man for the role.

"I was living in Australia and was there at the time, I witnessed the absolute outrage in Australia and the backlash, and what they put those three players through - media and also the Australian public," he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"It was fierce, but only for a relatively short space of time. Very quickly the Australians moved on to a period of forgiveness.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

28/3/18 - 28/12/18 What a journey this has been over the last 9 months. For me, in what seemed like troubled times in April can remember lying in bed feeling for some thing. Some inspiration and motivation to get me out of bed. After thinking, reading, wondering and living it came to me that I had a choice. To lay in suffering or get up, show up and act. Action led to motivation and motivation gave me all the inspiration I needed. Here I am now. Grateful of where I am and the person I continue to grow to be. Thank you to every person, group, team and community I have come across over the last 9 months. You know who you are. Namaste Have faith and embrace uncertainty. Cam x

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"I think there was a cultural issue that was endemic within that particular set-up at the time and, unfortunately, Bancroft should have known better.

"I'm sure he regrets absolutely making that mistake, but he was caught in that situation.

"I'm pretty sure there's not a day or an hour goes by that he doesn't think, 'Why the hell did I do that?'

"But he did it, and you're allowed to make mistakes, but you can also recover from mistakes, and I think he's a stronger person and a better person as a result.

"He's the best available option [to be Durham captain], to be perfectly honest."