North steps down as WA captain

By AAP with staff writers, Yahoo!7 October 29, 2012, 2:08 pm

Marcus North has quit as skipper of Western Australia, but says he's not running away from the team's off-field discipline issues as the fallout from the Perth Scorchers' boozy night out in South Africa continues.

On a day of high drama at the WACA, Shaun Marsh was dropped for the upcoming Sheffield Shield clash with Victoria - but not for disciplinary reasons.

The WACA board will meet on Monday evening to review the ill-fated Champions League T20 tour, which hit a low note when players went overboard in their consumption of alcohol while celebrating Mitch Marsh's 21st birthday in Cape Town.

Shaun and Mitch Marsh have copped the brunt of the heat for their involvement in the boozy affair, but other players are also set to come under scrutiny.

However, any sanctions may not be handed down until November 7, with the WACA needing to install a new 10-person board first to replace the current system, which has 14 members.

North, who has captained WA for the past six seasons, claimed his resignation was due to his poor form over the past two years rather than the controversy surrounding the culture within WA cricket ranks.

And the decision to axe Shaun Marsh for the shield clash with Victoria, starting on Thursday, was based purely on form, according to WACA chairman David Williams and chief executive Christina Matthews.

Mike Hussey will take over the captaincy against the Bushrangers, with a full-time replacement to be named at a later date.

"I'm not running away. I'm not retiring," North said when asked about the team's off-field issues.

"I have thought long and hard about this decision but I feel now is the right time for Western Australian cricket to have a fresh voice and a new leader to take the Warriors and Scorchers forward.

"My form in the past two and a half years since playing Test cricket has not been to the high standard I place on myself.

"I want to enjoy my cricket without the pressure of captaincy and strive to be the best cricketer that I can be both personally and for the team."

Mitch's antics have already cost him a spot in the Australia A side set to face South Africa in Sydney this week.

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  1. seek1mor07:06pm Monday 29th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Struth Rooster, those Israelis sound like a real mean cricket team. Sounds like their test series against Jordan is a real cracker.

  2. Ryan04:30pm Monday 29th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Marcus North is another one of those great state cricketers that were lost due to the super Australian side in the early 2000's. He probably could have walked into any other team in the world. It is a shame that he will be remembered only as someone who underacheived when he finally did get his chance at test level. Even though he did still score 3 x 100's in his first few games.




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