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Perth Scorchers re-sign Marcus North, Simon Katich and Mike Hussey

The Perth Scorchers have re-signed Marcus North, Simon Katich and Mike Hussey as they strive to go one better in the 2012-13 T20 Big Bash League competition.

North returns as Captain of the Scorchers, and he will be joined again this summer by long-time friends and team mates Katich and Hussey.

North and Katich were key members of the team which qualified for the inaugural Big Bash League, which enabled the Scorchers to claim a place in the upcoming Champions League T20 tournament in South Africa.

In the inaugural BBL, North scored 273 runs at an average of 39, which included two half centuries, and his strike was 120.26 runs per 100 balls.

Katich batted only six times during the inaugural Big Bash League but he enjoyed a strike rate of 128.78.

Commitments with the Australian Test team restricted Hussey to just one outing with the Scorchers in inaugural Big Bash League.

Head Coach Lachlan Stevens says he is pleased to have three proud Scorchers lining up with the team again this summer.

“It is great to have the skipper back on board. Marcus is one of the most tactically astute players in the game today, and to have him involved in the planning and strategic direction of the team was very important to us,” Stevens said.

“Last year Marcus showed how valuable he was at the top of the order, holding us together in a few difficult periods and lighting up The Furnace on a couple of occasions. He demonstrated that even senior players can add some new tricks to their repertoire.

“I’m delighted that the only time we will see Simon Katich at top level cricket this summer it will be under the Perth Scorchers banner. The strength of character and tactical awareness that he provides helped to make us such a competitive side last year. He adds massive value on and off the field and we can’t wait to see him back.

“Mike Hussey represents everything that is positive about Western Australian cricket, so to have him as part of the Scorchers line-up was a big priority for us, and we are very pleased that he chose to remain in the orange this season.

“We may not see Mike day in, day out, but merely having him as part of our squad is a huge benefit to every member of the team, from the senior players to our core of younger guys. Like Simon, the example he sets both on and off the field can’t be underestimated.”

North, Katich and Hussey join Brad Hogg in the Scorchers’ squad for the second edition of the KFC T20 Big Bash League, which commences in December.

Marcus North signs with Glamorgan

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.

Marcus North to Captain Perth Scorchers

WA and Australian Test batsman Marcus North has been named as Captain of the Perth Scorchers for the inaugural season of the KFC T20 Big Bash League.

The announcement was made at this evening’s KFC T20 Big Bash League launch at Carriageworks in Sydney, where all team leaders were unveiled along with logos and uniforms.

North says he is honoured to have the opportunity to lead Perth Scorchers.

“The Perth Scorchers are a dynamic team who will light up grounds across the country this summer, and I am very proud to have the privilege of being the team’s first Captain,” North said.

“We have assembled a very strong side packed with plenty of experience, and it will be great to have the likes of Mike Hussey, Simon Katich and Paul Collingwood, who have all led teams successfully in their own right, alongside me as we strive to bring the KFC T20 Big Bash League title to Perth.”

Perth Scorchers Head Coach Mickey Arthur says North richly deserves be the team’s inaugural skipper.

“Marcus has grown up in Perth and been a stalwart of WA and Australian cricket for over a decade, as well as leading the Warriors for the past four seasons, so we didn’t have to look too far to find our Captain,” Arthur said.

“I think it will be of great benefit to have some continuity in our leadership and having Marcus in control of the Retravision Warriors in the Weet-Bix Sheffield Shield and Ryobi One-Day Cup, along with the Perth Scorchers in the KFC T20 Big Bash League.

“We deliberately targeted experience when assembling our squad as wise heads are critical to a team’s T20 success, and having players of the calibre of Katich, Collingwood and Hussey around Marcus is also going to be a tremendous plus for the Scorchers.”

The Perth Scorchers’ uniform and logo was also revealed at tonight’s launch. The orange and black colours were chosen to reflect Perth’s heat and extreme weather.

WACA Chief Executive Officer Graeme Wood said: “Our lifestyle is all about the sun, the beach, outdoor pursuits, and with 3000 hours of sunshine per year, we are the sunniest city in Australia.

“The colours represent the heat and intensity of the environment. While we are known for our laid back way of life, we have a reputation for taking anyone on.

“We have built a team to make the people of Perth proud and we look forward to watching the Scorchers burning their way across the country this summer.”

Perth Scorchers Squad: Tom Beaton, Michael Beer, Mark Cameron, Paul Collingwood, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Edmondson, Herschelle Gibbs, Mike Hussey, Simon Katich, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Marcus North, Luke Pomersbach, Nathan Rimmington, Luke Ronchi.

Perth Scorchers Sign Paul Collingwood

The Perth Scorchers signed former England Twenty20 skipper Paul Collingwood as their second overseas recruit for the inaugural KFC T20 Big Bash League. He joins former South African opener Herschelle Gibbs in Perth.

Paul has been in good form for County side Durham in their recent Twenty20 matches. It has also been just over a year since Collingwood led England to the 2010 ICC World T20 title in the West Indies.

Perth Scorchers Head Coach Mickey Arthur says: “I stated last week that overseas recruits need to bring outstanding qualities, and Paul Collingwood is another who offers so much to our set-up.

“Paul is a brilliant leader of men who helped mould his country’s T20 side into an exciting and ruthless combination, which culminated in their triumph over Australia in the final of last year’s World T20 in Barbados. Being the first skipper to lead England to victory at an ICC men’s event was a massive feather in his cap.

“Paul is a gutsy and determined batsman who can lift the scoring rate with his attacking stroke play, he is a proven wicket-taker with the ball and is first class in the field. I am thrilled to welcome him as our second overseas signing”.

Mark Cameron, Nathan Rimmington and Luke Ronchi have all been added to a squad that already contains North, Katich, Adam Voges, Mike Hussey and Shaun Marsh.

Arthur said, “It is very pleasing to have a proud Perth boy in Luke Ronchi behind the stumps for the Scorchers. His swashbuckling efforts will greatly bolster our batting line-up, but he also offers us sure hands with the gloves as one of the nation’s best wicket-keepers.

“We set out to recruit Nathan Rimmington because his ability to bowl at the death will be a tremendous asset for the Scorchers and I also expect him to get us some late runs with his power hitting down the order. Nathan is another tough competitor and that sort of character and experience will be invaluable.

“Mark’s raw pace will be called on to shake up opposing batsmen throughout the KFC T20 Big Bash League and I am looking forward to seeing him perform in front of the Perth Scorchers fans on the fast WACA Ground wicket.

“We are close to finalising our inaugural squad and look forward to more exciting announcements very soon.”

With the addition of Collingwood, Ronchi, Rimmington and Cameron, the Perth Scorchers have now signed 13 players which include Shaun Marsh, Simon Katich, Marcus North, Luke Pomersbach, Herschelle Gibbs, Mike Hussey, Mitchell Marsh, Tom Beaton and Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Cricket Australia Contracts Announced

Cricket Australia today announced its list of 25-contracted players for the next 12 months as chosen by the National Selection Panel (NSP).

The 2011-12 Cricket Australia contracted players are

  • Doug Bollinger – NSW – 29
  • Michael Clarke – NSW – 30
  • Patrick Cummins – NSW – 18
  • Xavier Doherty – TAS – 28
  • Callum Ferguson – SA – 26
  • Brad Haddin – NSW – 33
  • Ryan Harris – QLD – 31
  • John Hastings – VIC – 25
  • Nathan Hauritz – NSW – 29
  • Ben Hilfenhaus – TAS – 28
  • Phillip Hughes – NSW – 22
  • David Hussey – VIC – 33
  • Michael Hussey – WA – 36
  • Mitchell Johnson – WA – 29
  • Usman Khawaja – NSW – 24
  • Jason Krejza – TAS – 28
  • Brett Lee – NSW – 34
  • Shaun Marsh – WA – 27
  • Tim Paine – TAS – 26
  • James Pattinson – VIC – 21
  • Ricky Ponting – TAS – 36
  • Peter Siddle – VIC – 26
  • Steven Smith – NSW – 22
  • Shane Watson – NSW – 29
  • Cameron White – VIC – 27

Added to the 25-player contracted list for 2011-12 are Patrick Cummins, Xavier Doherty, John Hastings, David Hussey, Usman Khawaja, Jason Krejza and James Pattinson.

Doherty, Hastings, Hussey, Khawaja and Krejza ended 2010-11 as contracted players after earning sufficient upgrade points while Cummins and Pattinson have been awarded contracts for the first time.

Departing the list is James Hopes, Simon Katich, Andrew McDonald, Clint McKay, Marcus North, Shaun Tait and Adam Voges who did not have their contracts renewed for 2011-12.

The NSP nominate the 25 players based on the following criteria:

  • The form of the players over the past 12 months; and
  • Their likelihood of Australian selection over the next 12 months taking into account the formats of cricket Australia plays, balance of the side and the need to ensure the future development of the Test and limited overs teams.

Commenting on the CA contract list for 2011-12, NSP Chairman Andrew Hilditch said:

“The next 12 months is a very important period in Australian cricket. It will undoubtedly be a tough and demanding period as we play three of the world’s top four Test nations during away series against Sri Lanka and South Africa and home series against New Zealand and India.

“However we see it as a very exciting opportunity to commence regaining Australia’s leading position in world cricket.

“The NSP is very pleased with the list which sees a blend of experienced, proven international players together with the best young talent in the country who we are sure is ready for the challenges ahead.

“The NSP has added two exciting young fast bowling talents to the list in James Pattinson and Patrick Cummins. James has tasted international cricket and we see him as a young man of immense talent who is made of the right stuff to succeed at the higher level. Patrick Cummins is an exceptional talent who has impressed with his opportunities to date for New South Wales and it will be very exciting to watch his progress.

“Two spinners are added to the contract list in Xavier Doherty and Jason Krezja. Jason has previously enjoyed success at Test level and recently was a member of our ICC Cricket World Cup squad. Xavier has been doing a very good job for Australia, particularly at one-day level and both are looking forward to the opportunity to play more international cricket.

“John Hastings has been awarded his first contract after playing very well in limited opportunities in our one-day team while David Hussey has again received a contract after impacting in our Twenty20 side and playing well in his one opportunity during the recent quarter-final match against India in the Cricket World Cup.

“The list also includes some of our best young batting talent with Shaun Marsh, Phillip Hughes and Usman Khawaja all receiving contracts. Usman receives his first full contract after debuting in the fifth Ashes Test at the SCG and we see him as a very important player for the future of Australian cricket.

“Several players have unfortunately not been offered contracts this year. The most notable of those is Simon Katich. Simon has been a fantastic player for Australia and a key and successful member of the Test team in recent years. However, amongst other matters, the NSP felt it was the right time now to start blooding our next opening partnership in preparation for the Ashes two years from now. The opening partnership is critical to the success of any team and takes time to develop the necessary experience at international level. We feel it is important this change is made now as we prepare for the challenges ahead.”

“While some difficult decisions have been made, the NSP is very excited by the list chosen and in particular the addition of youth from both batting and bowling disciplines. We are confident these young players, in combination with our established senior players, will play a key role in ensuring Australian cricket returns to its rightful position as a leader in world cricket over the coming years.”