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Durham defend decision to appoint Cameron Bancroft as county captain

• Marcus North says West Australian has ‘suffered’ in past year
• Bancroft has returned from ban due to ball-tampering affair

The Durham director of cricket, Marcus North, has spoken out for the first time about the controversial decision to appoint Cameron Bancroft as the county’s captain.

Australian Test player Bancroft recently returned from a nine-month ban for altering the surface of the ball with a sheet of sandpaper concealed in his underwear during a Test match. The decision to award him the Durham captaincy, his first real leadership role, has drawn sharp criticism from some outside the county.

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