Australian batsman Travis Head has said he is thrilled after signing for English county side Sussex as their overseas player for the 2020 season. The Test star, who was part of the Australian side that retained the Ashes in England this month, was supposed to join Sussex for a stint this year before his call-up for international duty. "I was disappointed not to have been able to take up my contract this summer," he said late Thursday, adding that he was "thrilled" that the team were still keen to have him for 2020. "I can't wait," added the 25-year-old left-hander, who can also bowl off-spin.
Sussex coach Jason Gillespie, a fellow Australian, said he had been looking for a top-four batsman to improve the team and Head fit the bill. "We have a really good relationship and after we decided here at Sussex that an overseas batsman would complement our squad next year, I just knew that Travis would be ideal," he said. Travis Head, who has won 12 Test caps, will be available to play in all formats. Travis Head was previously Australia's highest run-getter in the longer format of the game for the year 2018-19 before Steve Smith took over the reins in just four games in the Ashes series.
Cameron Bancroft, Australia opener will be returning to Durham for the 2020 season after impressing during his first spell with the English county side. The wicketkeeper-batsman, who played in the first two Ashes Tests in August, captained the county in both the County Championship and the One-Day Cup before being called up by Australia. Speaking to an agency, Durham's director of cricket said, "We are delighted to welcome Cameron back to Emirates Riverside for our 2020 season. He has had a huge impact on the field with his leadership and undoubted quality through his performances. Cameron has also had an impact off the field as an ambassador for the club with a number of community projects." Bancroft scored 726 runs at an average of more than 45 in the County Championship and added 377 more at 94.25 in the one-day competition. According to reports, the Australian opener will be available for the full 2020 campaign in all three formats of the game.