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Steve Smith has backed Cameron Bancroft as an astute choice to lead English county side Durham after his appointment raised a few concerns.

The trio of Smith, Warner and Bancroft were all banned over their involvement in ball-tampering scandal, where Bancroft used sandpaper to alter the condition of ball in Cape Town Test last year.

With Bancroft’s suspension ending in December last year, Durham insisted he was ‘the best available option’ despite criticism from some quarters, including former English bowler Darren Gough who termed this appointment as "disgraceful".

But Smith said Bancroft had shown ‘great character’ in the way he handled his ban and return to cricket.

"Cam is a good choice for captain," Smith told ESPNcricinfo. "He's got a good head on his shoulders and has shown great character in the way he has come back after his time out.

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"It has been a tough time for him no doubt, but he's a good guy who will do his best for Durham and will lead them well.

"He gets the game pretty well and has a good understanding of strategy and players," he added.

"He's found a bit of form with the bat and will be able to use his experience in a positive way."

Bancroft's selection was controversial not just due to the ball-tampering scandal but also because he is missing Durham's Championship opener to attend Western Australia's end-of-season awards dinner.

Durham chief executive Tim Bostock has defended his appointment.

"I think he'll be a breath of fresh air, he'll bring a different perspective to leadership," he said last month.

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