Australian opener Cameron Bancroft has been signed as an overseas player by Somerset for the 2018 English county season. He will also play in the County Championship and One-Day Cup for Somerset. Bancroft is expected to be available for most parts of the season.
The 25-year-old, who also plays for Western Australia and Perth Scorchers Down Under, has 11 centuries in 69 first-class appearances, made headlines for his stunning show in the ongoing Ashes series against England, and played all three Tests for Australia, smashing an unbeaten 82 on debut in Brisbane.
As per AFP, Bancroft said about his signing with Somerset, “I’m really excited to be joining a county with so much potential. I've heard a lot of good things about Somerset from (former Australia batsman) Justin Langer and it's clear that they are a team heading in the right direction. There’s a long history of Australians doing well at Taunton, so hopefully I can add my name to that list.”
Meanwhile, Somerset director of cricket Andy Hurry said, “This will be a key ingredient to us achieving our aspirations of winning silverware. Cameron has the appetite and the temperament for scoring big hundreds. He really values the price of his wicket, is mentally tough and highly driven to succeed.”
He added, "Cameron will be available, subject to permission from Cricket Australia, for the start of the 2018 County Championship season, all of the Royal London One-Day Cup fixtures plus the six remaining Championship matches that take place after the T20 Blast group stages. This will provide us with the continuity that we are looking for from an overseas signing.
"After a thorough process, designed to ensure that we secure the best fit for our County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup needs, I am delighted that we have signed Cameron. He has come very highly recommended and will fit seamlessly into our environment. This will be a key ingredient to us achieving our aspirations of winning silverware.
Bancroft made his international debut last year against India.