Marcus North backs Shield performances to earn recall in Oz national side

ANI| Updated: Nov 23, 2013, 15:15 PM IST

Sydney: Australian cricketer Marcus North has stated that he has not given up his dream for playing for the national side again, especially in Tests, despite being 34 years of age.

North, who plays for domestic side Western Australia, is in `cracking` domestic form as his last three Sheffield Shield matches (six innings) have netted him 444 runs at an average of 111.

According to an Australian Newspaper, although North is aware that opportunities to wear the Baggy Green again are running out given his age, WA coach Justin Langer has publicly stated that North should be playing today, at the Gabba against England, although North said that he is simply content playing domestic cricket for now.

However, North believes that his domestic form may yet earn him a recall to the national side, saying that he thinks the most important thing for him is to keep doing his job for WA and keep contributing with his performances, adding as compared to veteran Chris Rogers` five years of making 1000 runs per year, he only had three good games.

The report mentioned that North made 1171 runs and aver aged 35.48 from 35 Test matches for Australia, and made 22 runs in his last Test innings, against England in Adelaide in December of 2010, just two matches after scoring a century against India in Bangalore.