Australia news February 20, 2012

Injured Marcus North out for the season

ESPNcricinfo staff

Marcus North, the Western Australia captain, will miss the rest of the season due to an injury to his right little finger. He will now also be ruled out of the first three months of the English season, where he has signed to play for Glamorgan.

The injury means North will be unavailable should the Western Australia make the Sheffield Shield final, which looks increasingly likely after their comprehensive win over New South Wales in Perth on Sunday.

It was during that match that North suffered the problem in the field, and he took no further part in the game. North had surgery on Friday night and was told he had ruptured tendons in the finger, which will keep him out of action for at least three months.

"There's never a good time for an injury and unfortunately it's come for me at the back end of the season when we're playing really good cricket," North told reporters in Perth on Monday. "It's devastating not to have the opportunity to play the rest of the season, but I'll certainly be right behind the guys and hoping for the best. It would be great to top it off with making a Shield final and winning a Shield final and if they do, I'll just have to live with the fact I won't be playing in it."

Shaun Marsh will captain the Warriors in their next match, a Ryobi Cup game against New South Wales on Wednesday, which will be his first experience of state leadership. The vice-captain Adam Voges has been ruled out of the one-day game due to a shoulder injury.

Edited by Brydon Coverdale

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  • Roo on February 22, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    @katandthat3... Good comments... Been very impressed with Marcus this season & been a great captain getting WA to the top of the SS ladder & look like they'll get into the final... Really tough to sit on the sidelines after all the hard work he has put in... Hope the best for him next season...Notice that Katich is being approached about moving to WA for SS - would really stiffen up what has been a very reliable batting unit this season...

  • Roo on February 22, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    @Meety :- "would make him (North) a good low order ODI option for Oz"... lol... Yeah sure... So you would drop David Hussey for North... You have to be joking?... Don't you?... Marcus has nothing on Huss & I doubt he is even in the selectors thoughts atm... What with both NSW & WA at the bottom in the OD'ers...

  • Andrew on February 22, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    @jonesy2 - no, no, no! The North for Test selection has been done to death. I will say though, his form with the bat (throw in his bowling), would make him a good low order ODI option for Oz!

  • Bryn on February 20, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    just looking at that photo makes me yearn for more marcus north test cricket. rare that a player of his class and eye catchability comes up, ironically shaun marsh is another of pure class.

  • Garry on February 20, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    Really sad news for Northy, been really impressive this summer, with both the bat and leadership, a big blow for WA. Great to see Marshy get a crack at captaining, he's fairly laid back like his dad, sure he could get some good advice as Swamp was an excellent vice captain and won a few ODI series as skipper of both Australia and WA. It'll be a bit harder not having North and Voges not there and his brother Mitch but should be a great experience. Nice to see some blokes get there first chance at captaining state sides this year like Forrest, Marsh and Ryan Broad as well as Warner with Sydney. Sure even in this dead rubber NSW will be stinging to bounce back after the Shield game.

  • Bryn on February 20, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    damn. this sucks. i guess its a good time for marcus harris and tom beaton to step up

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