sport news Mark Wood backs Durham after handing Cameron Bancroft captaincy

'It was a gutsy call': Mark Wood backs Durham decision to hand captaincy to disgraced Cameron Bancroft Mark Wood admits he was shocked by Durham's captaincy decision But the England bowler is certain Cameron Bancroft is the right call Bancroft served nine-month ban after his role in ball tampering last year 

By Rory Dollard, Press Association Sport

Published: 22:12 BST, 1 April 2019 | Updated: 22:12 BST, 1 April 2019

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England's Mark Wood admits he was shocked by Durham's decision to name Cameron Bancroft as their new captain but is now certain that 'gutsy call' is the right one for his county.

Australian batsman Bancroft was at the eye of an international storm after he was caught altering the condition of the ball with sandpaper during last year's Test series in South Africa, earning a nine-month ban from the sport after his initially misleading account of events in Cape Town.

His punishment was more lenient than Steve Smith and David Warner, the captain and vice-captain at the heart of the incident, largely due to his status as a junior member of the side.

Cameron Bancroft has been handed the captaincy by Durham for the upcoming season

Cameron Bancroft has been handed the captaincy by Durham for the upcoming season

Criticism has followed Durham's decision to replace retired Paul Collingwood with Bancroft

Criticism has followed Durham's decision to replace retired Paul Collingwood with Bancroft

It is, then, quite a turn around for him to take over from the retired Paul Collingwood as Durham's new on-field leader, with former England bowler Darren Gough leading the criticism.

He labelled the decision 'a disgrace' during a lengthy tirade and while Wood confesses to being taken aback by the move, he has come to realise the rationale.

'I was surprised to be perfectly honest, I

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