County cricket August 17, 2011

North signs two-year Glamorgan deal

ESPNcricinfo staff

Marcus North, the Western Australia captain, will take his tally of English counties that he has represented to six after signing a two-year deal as Glamorgan's overseas player.

North will bring with him more than 11,000 first-class runs and replaces Alviro Petersen, the South Africa opener, who has captained Glamorgan this season. He won't be called away on international duty having lost his Test place during the 2010-11 Ashes series.

"Glamorgan are in a similar position to WA in that they are chasing success after a period without any silverware and I am really keen to take up the challenge," North said. "My 100% priority is to WA cricket. It always has been and that will never change. The decision to take up a county contract is not one I took lightly and I would not have committed to Glamorgan unless I knew it was going to be beneficial to my role within WA cricket.

"At this point in my career I want to be playing as much cricket as I can," he added. "I have had five previous stints in English county cricket but this will be a fresh start in Cardiff under Matthew Mott and it is very exciting."

North, who scored a century on his Test debut against South Africa, has previously had spells with Derbyshire, Durham, Gloucestershire, Hampshire and Lancashire.