Durham have appointed Cameron Bancroft as captain for the upcoming English County Championship and One-day Cup season, the northeast county announced on Thursday.
Bancroft was banned for nine months for his role ball-tampering in Cape Town Test, with Australia captain Steve Smith and David Warner receiving bans for one year. Bancroft's ban ended in December.
Durham high performance coach James Franklin and the county's director of cricket Marcus North, decided to name Bancroft as captain in succession to retired local hero and former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood.
"We're delighted to have Cameron with us for the season and we're confident he has the attributes to lead this exciting young Durham dressing room," Franklin said.
"He has invaluable experience at the top level and has enjoyed a successful spell in England before, during his time with Gloucestershire.
"He's proven since returning to first-class cricket over the last few months that he has the mental toughness, skill and attitude to excel at the highest level.”
Bancroft has featured in eight Tests and opened the batting against England in the 2017/18 Ashes.
Australia now return for another Ashes series starting in England in August.
Since the bans handed over to Bancroft and Warner, Australia have tried a number of openers including Aaron Finch, Matt Renshaw, Marcus Harris and Joe Burns.
In February, Bancroft struck an unbeaten 138 from 358 balls and then hit 86 off 263 deliveries in his second innings although he couldn’t prevent his side Western Australia from losing to New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield.
Bancroft will miss Durham's Championship opener attending Western Australia's end-of-season awards dinner.