Marcus North has not given up on Ashes recall but Western Australia runs must come first

Western Warriors batsman Marcus North has been in exceptional form at the start of the current Australian season. He still believes calls for him to be recalled into the national side are premature.

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Marcus North hopeful of an Australian recall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

North has scored 444 runs from six innings, including an unbeaten 118 and an 84 not out, but sees a recall to the internal stage as being, “a fair way off”.

“The most important thing for me is to keep doing my job for Western Australia and keep contributing that way”, he said. “I think there’s been a few people who said Chris Rogers made a comeback at 35, but I’ve only had three good games and he had about five years at making 1000 runs a year.

“If I’m doing my job well for WA, contributing to winning games, that dream of playing for your country is something I haven’t given up on but only performances will tell.”

North was speaking ahead of the forthcoming Sheffield Shield clash with Victoria Bushrangers at the WACA Ground and is relishing his first-class opportunuities. Last season he was dropped from the WA side due to a lack of runs.

“It was the first time I’d been dropped for about 10 years and that was a bit of the shock to the system, but I deserved to be out of the side”, he stated. “I hadn’t made runs, I hadn’t been consistent for a long period of time.

“There were times when I thought, ‘Can I get back to my best, can I get back to making hundreds in First Class cricket?’ and those questions were going through my head.

“The good thing was I got away from home, played some English County cricket, came back and found some form early which was nice”, he continued. “I’ve been trying to keep things simple. I’ve had a good chat with Justin Langer and Simon Katich about the way they thought about the back-end of their career and it’s working for me at the moment.

“Opening the batting has been a great challenge for me. It’s not something I’ve done a lot except for when I was a younger kid in the junior years. It’s given me a new life, a new challenge and a new focus.”

Domestic FixturesAs for the Warriors’ chances this season, North is optimistic.

“We’re not far away, but we’re not getting results in the wins column”, he said. “You look for different answers, but we’ve been fighting really hard.

“I thought the character we showed in the first game in Melbourne was fantastic. We fought again hard last week in Adelaide.

“We’ve got two home games which is going to be a decisive point in our season.

“You look at the table, you’re only one win away from getting yourself right in the mix”.

Matthew Wade appeal dismissed

Cricket Australia advises that Matthew Wade’s appeal against the penalty imposed on him for breach of the CA Code of Behaviour has been dismissed. The original penalty of two suspension points and 50 per cent of his match fee has been upheld. Wade has been suspended from playing for Victoria in its Bupa Sheffield Shield match against Western Australia starting at the WACA tomorrow.

Squads:

WA: Adam Voges (c), Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ryan Duffield, Michael Hogan, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Marcus North, John Rogers, Sam Whiteman

Victoria: Fawad Ahmed, Dan Christian, Aaron Finch, Jake Haberfield, Peter Handscomb, John Hastings, Jon Holland, David Hussey, Clint McKay, Glenn Maxwell, Rob Quiney, Cameron White

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