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.

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  • Christopher on August 18, 2011, 22:43 GMT

    Khawaja has almost identical batting flaws to North.His inconsistent first movement,where he sometimes moves across to cover the line and at others,just uses his hands,leaves him prone to edging the ball.His 1st class average has already fallen from 53 when he was first selected,to 45.Like North,he can obviously play,but i think he threatens to be no better.His debut was hardly spectacular.37 and 21 very slow runs.His chief current claims to fame are his religion and being young.I do hope it extends to scoring runs as well.

  • Rajaram on August 18, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    So much as expected of him in The Ashes. He flattered to deceive. I wish he had been dumped before the Ashes and Khawaja had been given his place.

  • Christopher on August 18, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    North is a fantastic pick up for Glamorgan.Hes a man who still sees the possibility of playing for his country in some role.He has a point to prove and finished last season of in fine style,with 3 centuries in List A and Shield.He brings a wealth of success at 1st class level and his captaincy experience in WA.He bowls useful offspin and could develop this role for Australia.He gets to work with former victorian player,Matthew Mott and has great knowledge of the operation of successful county cricket teamsthrough his previous assignments.His batting flaws are the use of 3 initial movements before the bowler lets the ball go.When hes in form,this is far less pronounced.While i called for him to be dropped from the test side,i still think he can make it back and be a big contributor.Hayden and Langer managed it and i believe he can too.

  • Sam on August 18, 2011, 2:48 GMT

    He's a hack - you'll regret it

  • Dummy4 on August 17, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    No wonder Glamorgan are so poor, how can you expect to build up a team having 3 different captains in as many years!

  • Samuel on August 17, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    Call Glamorgan an "English" county to Robert Croft's face at your peril!

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