If you had played 5 tests. Made a hundred on debut. Made a hundred on your ashes debut. And then in your 5th test saved an Ashes test, you’d be thinking your career was pretty safe.
If your name is Marcus North, you would be wrong.
It seems that almost nothing Marcus North does can guarantee him a spot in this series.
There is always someone in the cricket media saying that North could go if Australia wants an extra bowler in the line up.
That won’t happen.
But the fact that fans and the media keep bringing up his name as a potential axing is weird enough.
There was an article, fucked if I can find it now, which said he badly needed runs after Lord’s.
If he badly needs runs, what would you say about Michael Hussey, that he needs runs more than you and I need our assholes?
If (and it won’t happen) Australia wanted to go in with 4 more bowlers, Hussey is the guy that should be dropped.
Clarke is in career best form, and deserves the 4 spot more than Hussey does.
North could easily move to 5 without butterfly tsunami effects.
I am not sure what North needs to do in order for him to be safe.
Someone at Edgbaston told me they didn’t think his place could ever be safe. That seems unfair in a world where Michael Hussey can play shit for 20 tests.
North is a probot, and he isn’t really one of my guys. Sure he was born in Victoria, but it was Pakenham, so the two cancel each other out.
I thought he should have been picked before McDonald in Sydney, and was happy enough he got the next test, but I also know his record against Victoria is brutal, so the man cannot be trusted.
His main problem seems to be that he is the new Michael Hussey without the matrix defying average.
Average 50 is par these days, and that is what he has done.
In 5 tests he has had a significant role in 3 of them.
That should be enough.
But the next time Australia want to try something radical, or they just wanna force someone into the side, I’d have my money on North being an unlucky bastard.