Bancroft was banned for nine months after being caught in the
Australia ball-tampering scandal during their tour to South Africa last
The 'sandpaper-gate' incident during the Newlands Test against South
Africa also led to Bancroft's Australia team-mates Steve Smith and David
Warner receiving year-long suspensions.
After returning in Australia's Big Bash League in December, and
playing a role in the back end of Western Australia's current Sheffield
Shield campaign, Bancroft has joined up with Durham with a view to
making Australia's Ashes squad.
Durham, now under a new Australian director of cricket in Marcus
North, attracted criticism in some quarters when they recruited
But the 26-year-old was controversially appointed Durham captain and,
making his maiden limited overs appearance, Bancroft piled up the runs
in their One-Day Cup clash with Northamptonshire at Chester-le-Street on
Bancroft, who played in the 2017-18 Ashes, plundered five sixes and eight fours in a 188-minute stay at the crease.
He and Michael Richardson put on 208 for the fourth-wicket before the latter was ousted in the final over.
Durham went on to score 342 for five from their 50 overs.