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Langer backs Cameron to make his mark

It was announced recently that Cameron Bancroft will be joining Somerset as our overseas player in 2018.

The Australian batsman will feature in both the Specsavers County Championship and the Royal London One-Day Cup.

One man who knows Somerset’s new signing particularly well is Justin Langer.

The former Somerset captain is currently coach of Western Australia and Perth Scorchers, whose players include Cameron Bancroft.

Having worked with him, Justin thinks that Cameron is a shrewd acquisition. “I think he will be a brilliant signing for Somerset,” he said when we spoke to him recently. “I can’t think of anyone who would be better to fit in with what I know Andy Hurry is going to be trying to achieve now that he is back with the County.”

“Cameron has got an incredible work ethic and is a talented player. He’s as tough as nails and he’s also a very nice kid, so I think he will be fantastic for Somerset County Cricket Club. He will make a lot of runs, but in terms of building a culture, which is important in any club, you couldn’t have a better person.”

Justin is also pleased to see Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry back at the helm.

“Andy’s work ethic and discipline are unbelievable and his attention to detail is also outstanding,” he said. “His leadership and honesty are incredible and quite simply he is one of the best coaches and best people I have worked with in the game of cricket. To see him coming back is a brilliant thing for Somerset and I’m glad that he is back there now with Jason Kerr.”

Are we likely to see Justin on these shores in 2018?

“Hopefully I will get the chance to come back over to England and spend some time with Somerset this year,” he said. “With one of our daughters, who was a little tacker when we were in Somerset now living in London, this will give me a good excuse to come over.

“I would do anything for Somerset County Cricket Club and now that Andy Hurry is back I charge, I would be very happy to help out if asked.”

Cameron Bancroft image courtesy of Getty Images

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