Bancroft secures Somerset deal
Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft will join Somerset for their 2018 campaign, the club have confirmed.
The 25-year-old, who is currently opening the batting in the Ashes series against England Down Under, which the Baggy Greens have already won as they boast an unassailable 3-0 lead with two Test matches remaining, will be the county's overseas player for the year.
As a result Bancroft will feature at the start of the County Championship season, subject to permission from Cricket Australia, all of the Royal London One-Day Cup fixtures plus the six remaining Championship matches that take place after the T20 Blast group stages.
Somerset Director of Cricket Andy Hurry said on the club's website: "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.
"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."
Bancroft added: "I'm really excited to be joining a county with so much potential. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Somerset from Justin Langer and it’s clear that they are a team heading in the right direction.
"There’s a long history of Australian’s doing well at Taunton, so hopefully I can add my name to that list."
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