Australian Test batsman Marcus North has signed a two-year contract with Glamorgan Cricket.
North, who has played in 21 Test matches and is currently with Western Australia, will join Glamorgan as the County’s overseas player for 2012 and 2013.
North said, “I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that Glamorgan has given me to come back and play domestic cricket in the UK. I am looking forward to working closely with Matthew Mott and being part of the challenges and hard work that we face as a squad in bringing success back to Wales.”
“After spending the best part of the last ten summers in England, my family and I are extremely excited to experience what Wales has to offer.”
Colin Metson, Glamorgan Cricket Manager Director of Cricket, said, “After announcing contract extensions for Gareth Rees and Mark Wallace last week, we are delighted that another piece of the jigsaw is in place, and that Marcus is arriving as our overseas player for 2012 and 2013.”
“Marcus has had an outstanding career in both international and domestic cricket and we look forward to seeing him score plenty of runs and taking wickets for Glamorgan.”
North will play for the Welsh-based county in first class, one-day and Twenty20 cricket, while returning to WA in the Australian summer to play for the Warriors and Perth Scorchers Big Bash side.
The Dragons are coached by fellow Aussie Matthew Mott and feature two players that play in the Retravision Shield competition, Jim Allenby (Claremont-Nedlands) and Stewart Walters (Perth).
“Glamorgan are in a similar position to WA (Western Australia) 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 per cent 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. 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.”
WA coach Mickey Arthur backed North’s decision to return to play in the UK.
“Playing cricket all the time will be of enormous benefit to Marcus and to WA cricket and I think this is going to be very good for him,” Arthur said.
“Marcus and I have a very good relationship and we will be communicating regularly whilst he is away. We have mapped out the direction we want the Warriors to go and much of the ground work has already been laid.
“We have guys playing in England, the Indian Premier League and at the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane for much of the off-season. It is the nature of the beast these days, so I don’t see any issues from that regard.”
North has five Test hundreds, including 117 on his debut against South Africa and 125* in the first npower Ashes Test of 2009 at the SWALEC Stadium. He has career-best bowling figures of 6/55, against Pakistan at Lord’s in 2010.
Glamorgan will be the sixth county that North has represented after playing for Derbyshire, Durham, Gloucestershire, Hampshire and Lancashire over the past decade.