By Rory Dollard, Press Association Sport
Published: 22:12 BST, 1 April 2019 | Updated: 22:12 BST, 1 April 2019
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
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