Marcus North


Marcus James North (born 28 July 1979) is a former Australian first-class cricketer who played 21 Test matches and two One Day Internationals (ODIs) for the Australian national side.

Marcus North
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Personal information
Full nameMarcus James North
Born (1979-07-28) 28 July 1979 (age 43)
Pakenham, Victoria, Australia
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
BowlingRight-arm off break
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 409)26 February 2009 v South Africa
Last Test7 November 2010 v England
ODI debut1 May 2009 v Pakistan
Last ODI3 May 2009 v Pakistan
Domestic team information
1999/00–2013/14Western Australia
2011/12–2013/14Perth Scorchers
2013/14Sydney Sixers
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 21 2 214 181
Runs scored 1,171 6 13,764 5,312
Batting average 35.48 3.00 40.72 34.94
100s/50s 5/4 0/0 37/69 9/34
Top score 128 5 239* 137*
Balls bowled 1,258 18 12,455 2,885
Wickets 14 0 158 74
Bowling average 42.21 39.08 33.10
5 wickets in innings 1 3 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 6/55 6/55 4/26
Catches/stumpings 17/– 1/– 153/– 61/–
Source: CricketArchive, 6 January 2015

Born in Melbourne, North grew up in Western Australia, attending Kent Street Senior High School as part of their Specialist Cricket Program,[1] and was a successful junior cricketer, entering the Australian Cricket Academy and playing under-19 cricket for Australia. He made his first-class debut for the Academy in 1999, and his debut for the Western Australian cricket team the same year. Having established himself in the WA team, North debuted for Australia A during the 2002–03 season, and later began playing in the County Championship during the 2004 English cricket season, for Durham. In English cricket, he would go on to play for Lancashire (2005), Derbyshire (2006 and 2014), Gloucestershire (2007–2008), Hampshire (2009), and Glamorgan (2012–2013), becoming the first player of any nationality to represent six different counties.

North was made captain of Western Australia for the 2007–08 season, and was consistently selected for Australia A, which he also captained. A left-handed batsman, part-time right-arm off-break bowler and fields at either 1st or 3rd slip,[2] North made his Test debut for Australia in February 2009, scoring a century on debut against South Africa. He played a further 20 Tests and two ODIs for Australia before being dropped from the side during the 2010–11 Ashes series. Upon the entry of the Perth Scorchers into the newly created Big Bash League, North was appointed the team's captain. However, in October 2012, North resigned as captain of both WA and the Scorchers to concentrate on his playing career. He retired from Australian domestic cricket at the end of the 2013–14 season. After his retirement North moved to the north east of England to play cricket at South Northumberland Cricket Club.

As of 2018, he is director of cricket at Durham.[3]

Youth careerEdit

North played junior cricket together with Mike Hussey at the Wanneroo Districts Cricket Club between 1994 and 1996.[4] North had a very successful junior career that included playing for several Academy and national junior sides. North posted scores of 200 not out and 132 in a youth Test match against Pakistan in 1997.[5] He made his first-class debut for the Australian Cricket Academy against a Matabeleland Invitation XI in Bulawayo during the Academy's tour of Zimbabwe in 1999.[6]

Domestic careerEdit

North made his Pura Cup debut for Western Australia against Victoria in 1999. In October 2006, North and Chris Rogers compiled a record domestic third wicket partnership of 459 against Victoria at the WACA Ground in Perth, Western Australia, making his highest score of 239 not out in the process. In February 2007, North finished second to Rogers in the voting for Australia's best state player. With former Test player Justin Langer stepping down as captain of the Western Warriors, North was awarded the captaincy for the 2007–08 season. However injuries hampered his first season as captain, restricting him to only four first-class matches and three one-day matches.[7]

North first played in England for Gateshead Fell in the North East Premier League in 2000. He also played some Natwest Trophy games for Durham Cricket Board. In the following season, North signed as the professional player for Colne Cricket Club in the Lancashire League. He returned to Gateshead Fell for the 2002 and 2003 seasons before signing to play county cricket for Durham as a replacement for Herschelle Gibbs.[8] The following season he replaced Brad Hodge at Lancashire when Hodge was selected to be part of the Australia's 2005 Ashes series squad,[9] and in 2006 he replaced Travis Birt at Derbyshire when Birt was selected in the Australia A side.[10] North was signed as a replacement for New Zealander Hamish Marshall at Gloucestershire at the start of the 2007 county season. Despite only playing five matches he managed three centuries one of which won him the Walter Lawrence Trophy, the award for scoring for fastest century during the English season.[11] He returned to Gloucestershire for the 2008 season,[12] but played for Hampshire in the early County Championship season as a replacement for Imran Tahir.[13] He has now signed a two-year deal for 2012 and 2013 as an overseas player for Glamorgan, becoming the first player to play first-class cricket for six different counties.[14] He has been appointed Glamorgans' one day captain for the 2013 season.

International careerEdit

On 5 February 2009, North was called up to the Australia squad to face South Africa during Australia's tour of South Africa.[15] North displayed a strong all-round performance in the only tour match against the Board President's XI where he scored two unbeaten half-centuries and claimed career-best bowling figures of 6/69 off 11 overs.[16] North was selected to make his Test debut against South Africa in the First Test at the New Wanderers Stadium at Johannesburg, becoming the 409th Australian to earn a Test cap. He made his debut alongside fellow debutants Phillip Hughes and Ben Hilfenhaus. North scored his maiden Test century 117 runs in his first Test innings, becoming the first West Australian and the eighteenth Australian to score a century in his first Test, and the first Australian to do so against South Africa.[17] In this match, North also claimed his first Test wicket, dismissing South African tailender Paul Harris.

On 11 July 2009, during the First Ashes Test of 2009, at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, North scored his second Test century in his third Test match, 125 not out, sharing in a 200 run partnership with Brad Haddin, who also scored his second Test century in this innings.[18] In the second innings of the Third Test, North made 96 in a 185 run partnership with Michael Clarke to help Australia secure a draw. He scored 110 in the fourth Ashes Test at Headingley, hitting a six to bring up his century.[19]

During the First Test against Pakistan at Lords in July 2010, North took a Test-best haul of 6-55 in Pakistan's second innings,[20] doubling his career test wickets tally in the process. North was dropped from the Australian test team on 10 December 2010 due to poor form during the 2010–11 Ashes series against England.[21]

Career best performancesEdit

Updated 4 October 2013

Batting Bowling (innings)
Score Fixture Venue Season Figures Fixture Venue Season
Tests 128 Australia v India Bangalore 2010 6-55 Australia v Pakistan Lord's 2010
ODI 5 Australia v Pakistan Abu Dhabi 2009 -
T20I 20 Australia v Pakistan Dubai 2009 -
FC 239* Western Australia v Victoria Perth 2006 6-55 Australia v Pakistan Lord's 2010
LA 137* Glamorgan v Middlesex Panthers Lord's 2013 4-26 Durham Cricket Board v Buckinghamshire Beaconsfield 2001
T20 70 Perth Scorchers v Adelaide Strikers Perth 2012 2-19 Western Warriors v Victorian Bush Rangers Melbourne 2007


  1. ^ "Kent Street Senior High School Website".
  2. ^ BT Sport (30 November 2017), Cricket Masterclass: Slip catching | The Ashes on BT Sport, retrieved 1 December 2017
  3. ^ "North named Durham director of cricket". BBC Sport.
  4. ^ Clarke, Tim (26 February 2009) North to make Test debut in South Africa
  5. ^ Pakistan Under 19 vs Australia Under 19s scorecard
  6. ^ Matabeleland Invitation XI v Australian Cricket Academy scorecard
  7. ^ First-class season averages and List-A season averages; Cricket Archive; Retrieved on 1 March 2009
  8. ^ North heads for the North-East; 24 March 2004
  9. ^ Lancashire sign North to replace Hodge; 19 May 2005
  10. ^ Bolton, Paul; Birt Leads charge; 19 May 2006
  11. ^ North wins award for season's fastest hundred
  12. ^ North agrees new Gloucestershire contract; 30 August 2007
  13. ^ North heads south Archived 14 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine; 15 January 2009
  14. ^ Lynch, Steven. "Who has played for the most different teams?". Ask Steven -
  15. ^ Cricket Australia team announcements
  16. ^ Lalor, Peter (23 February 2009). "Australia selectors heading in North's direction for South Africa Test". The Courier-Mail. FOX Sports Australia. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  17. ^ Swanton, Will (28 February 2009). "Ton for North, Johnson 96". Melbourne: Retrieved 28 February 2009.
  18. ^ "".
  19. ^ "Scorecard: England v Australia, 3rd Test at Edgbaston, 30 July – 3 August 2009". Cricinfo. Retrieved 4 August 2009.
  20. ^ "Test Match Series: Pakistan v Australia". BBC Sport. BBC. 13 July 2010. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  21. ^ "Australia v England, 3rd Test, Perth:North dropped, Michael Beer in Test squad". ESPN CricInfo. Retrieved 26 December 2010.

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