Marcus North has been one of Western Australia’s greatest servants. The left-handed batsman has consistently led from the front with his batting and leadership, as well as his at times cheeky off-spin.
It was clear from the get go that North would be a player to watch. In the 2003/04 Pura Cup season, North amassed a whopping 984 runs for the Warriors. He backed it up with another impressive tally of 826 before injuries started to take their toll.
After a series of impressive domestic returns, selectors finally rewarded North with a spot in the Australian Test side. They were instantly justified, as the middle-order specialist struck a classy 117 on debut at the Wanderers against a fired-up South Africa.
It was the start of a mini purple patch for North, who went on to record a pair of centuries in the 2009 Ashes tour. After making 125* in Wales, North celebrated his first ton on English soil with a valiant 110 at Headingley.
Two more centuries (against New Zealand and India) indicated North was on the path to greatness. However, it soon became clear that North’s Test career would be a case of rocks or diamonds.
Despite taking a career best 6/55 against Pakistan, North couldn’t deliver the consistent runs the selectors were looking for, and subsequently lost his spot after Australia’s crushing loss to England at the Adelaide Oval.
North is set to play his 200th first-class match, which is an astonishing achievement. His form in Australia and England has never waned, resulting in him scoring over 12,000 runs, including 34 centuries.
During the 2012-13 season, North stood down as captain of the Warriors to focus on scoring more runs and winning matches for his state. Despite no longer have the title of captain, much was made of the impact he still had behind the scenes as Western Australian cricket went through a transitional phase.
After a solid BBL campaign, North has been busy dominating the English scene, where he recently smashed an unbeaten 137 for Glamorgan.