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Full name Marcus James North
Born July 28, 1979, Pakenham, Melbourne, Victoria
Current age 35 years 243 days
Major teams Australia, Australia A, Derbyshire, Durham, Durham Cricket Board, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Lancashire, Perth Scorchers, Sydney Sixers, Western Australia
Playing role Middle-order batsman
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Height 1.86 m
|Test debut||South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg, Feb 26-Mar 2, 2009 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v England at Adelaide, Dec 3-7, 2010 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia v Pakistan at Abu Dhabi, May 1, 2009 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v Pakistan at Abu Dhabi, May 3, 2009 scorecard|
|Only T20I||Australia v Pakistan at Dubai (DSC), May 7, 2009 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Kent v Derbyshire at Canterbury, Jun 22-24, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||1998/99|
|Last List A||Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire at Nottingham, Aug 26, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Nottinghamshire v Durham at Nottingham, Jul 2, 2004 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Worcestershire v Derbyshire at Worcester, Jul 25, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|67||Derbyshire||v Notts||Nottingham||26 Aug 2014||LA|
|20||Derbyshire||v Gloucs||Derby||21 Aug 2014||LA|
|2, 0/7||Derbyshire||v Yorkshire||Scarborough||13 Aug 2014||LA|
|43, 1/10||Derbyshire||v Northants||Northampton||11 Aug 2014||LA|
|0/19, 8||Derbyshire||v Lancashire||Derby||7 Aug 2014||LA|
|-||Derbyshire||v Worcs||Worcester||31 Jul 2014||LA|
|1/21, 18||Derbyshire||v Worcs||Worcester||25 Jul 2014||T20|
|1/22, 41||Derbyshire||v Lancashire||Manchester||18 Jul 2014||T20|
|2/27, 20||Derbyshire||v Yorkshire||Chesterfield||13 Jul 2014||T20|
|29, 0/25||Derbyshire||v Northants||Northampton||11 Jul 2014||T20|
After years of being consistently on the fringes of the national set-up, Marcus North's chance came when he was picked in Australia's squad for the 2008-09 tour of South Africa, and he scored a century on debut in the first Test at the Wanderers. He had impressed the selectors with his ability to prosper on difficult pitches - his offspin also helped his cause - and it was just reward for one of Western Australia's most reliable performers. Having started with a vital 117 as Australia's batsmen struggled in the opening match, he scored another 38 runs in three innings and picked up two wickets to show his part-time bowling value. Instead of appearing in the third Test, he spent the opening day sick in hospital, but stayed for the one-day series when Adam Voges pulled out. He also went to the United Arab Emirates via Hampshire to cover for Shaun Marsh, failing twice in the ODIs against Pakistan.
The 2009 Ashes was the series for his most accomplished performances at Test level, which included an unbeaten 125 in Cardiff and back-to-back returns of 96 and 110 in Birmingham and Leeds. He also had five scores of 12 or less to highlight his strange hit-and-miss tendency, and his life was made harder by being the main spinner in the decider at The Oval. Back in Australia for his first local Test experience, North was soon struggling and his position was in doubt after only 207 runs in six Tests against West Indies and Pakistan.
Under immense pressure, he went to New Zealand, immediately fixed a damaging technical glitch and picked up 112, 9 and 90 in the two-Test series. "It was a pretty defining couple of innings for my career," he said. However, he faltered again with the bat in the series against Pakistan in England, although he managed to get on the honour boards at Lord's with 6 for 55 in the second innings.
A well-organised left-hander, North was afflicted by a casual attitude in his initial seasons with Western Australia as he made the transition from decorated youth player to senior squad member. He had significant success at under-age level, having been a member of several Academy and national junior sides and an elite scholar in 1998. He is particularly well remembered for a remarkable double of 200 and 134 at Sheikhupura during an Australian Youth team's tour of Pakistan in early 1997. His debut at first-class level came in 1998-99 on an Academy tour of Zimbabwe, and he quickly showcased his potential upon his elevation to senior interstate ranks the following season, hitting a brave 60 to help his team to a tense win over South Australia.
For several years he rode an outstanding form streak, which began in 2003-04 with 984 runs in the Pura Cup and a century against Zimbabwe for Australia A. He followed with Pura Cup tallies of 826, 712 and 680 before a knee problem struck. Often a dangerous one-day player as well, North blasted 115 from 85 balls in a limited-overs game against Tasmania in 2006-07. North's special talents were recognised by Western Australia when he was handed the state's captaincy for 2007-08, only to miss much of the season with a degenerative knee condition. It was January before he could actually take up the on-field leadership and his Pura Cup campaign was limited to 184 runs at 26.28 from four games. He had a strong county season with Gloucestershire and was picked for Australia A's tour of India in September 2008.
Cricinfo staff July 2010
For 30 minutes, everything else took a backseat, as the world watched in awe and fear, a fired-up Pakistan fast bowler mercilessly bullying an Australian batsman
As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before
The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to
This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.