North retained for 2nd Test despite failure

Published: Friday, October 8, 2010, 13:24 [IST]
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Narrow escape for North

Australian batsman Marcus North has been retained in the Test side despite his inconsistent performances in the past few months. North was disappointing in the recently concluded Test against India at Mohali.

In the first Test match against India, North was dismissed for a duck in the first innings and he just managed 10 in the second innings.

Despite of not being able to perform consistently the Chairman of Selectors for Australia Andrew Hilditch has shown great confidence in North.

“No player is safe in international cricket, you"ve got to perform, but what we do know is that he (North) was in excellent form in the tour game, he"s scored hundreds at international level, he"s scored hundreds against England, he is a very classy player.

“He"d be disappointed he failed (in the first Test), like any other player," Hilditch said.

As per a newspaper report the Selectors strongly believe that North is the best candidate for the No.6 spot in the Australian line up and has the potential of scoring match winning knocks.

When confronted with the question if the second test starting on Saturday was the time to experiment with the batting line up the Chairman did not seem to be pretty optimistic.

“We don"t ... experiment as selectors. We"ve mapped out what we think is our best side and we know who the players (are) close to selection." Hilditch said.


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