Marcus North goes out on top

03 Apr 2014

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Marcus North announced his retirement today, closing the curtains on a first-class career spanning 16 years.

The 34-year-old's last year with Western Australia was one of his best, being named Bupa Sheffield Shield Player of the Year and captain of the ACA Four-Day Series All*Star Team of the Year.

The veteran led the way with a young Warriors squad in tow, collecting 886 runs at 63.28, which included three centuries that took him past 13,000 first-class runs. His form with the ball didn’t go unnoticed, as he gathered 13 wickets at 25.15.

In a 21-Test career, North managed to collect 1,171 runs at 35.48, including five centuries.

His first-class record includes 13,616 runs at an average of 41.26, plus 156 wickets from some handy part-time right-arm offbreaks.

A 209-match first-class career begun all the way back in 1998, where he pulled on the Western Australian whites for the first time. He hasn't looked back since, staying loyal his adopted State for his entire career.

North took over from Justin Langer as Warriors skipper for the 2007-08 season, before holding the position for more than six years.

He then went on to be selected in the Australian squad for the 2008-09 tour of South Africa, where he posted a century on Test debut at the Wanderers.

The ACA would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Marcus ona fantastic playing career. He has been a member of the ACA's Executive since August 2011 and is a great servant to the players' movement.