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Marcus North learning to cope with scrutiny

London: Australian middle order batsman and part time off spinner Marcus North says he is learning to cope with the constant scrutiny of his position in the Australian squad.

Following a lean home summer, he quietened the campaign to unseat him by scoring an unbeaten 112 and 90 in the two-match series in New Zealand.

"That`s something I`ve learnt a lot during the Australian summer, where there is that scrutiny. I`ve learnt ways and techniques to filter that," a newspaper quoted North, as saying.

North, who turns 31 next week, strengthened his grip on his Test position a little by capturing 6-55 with his off-spin in Australia`s 150-run win in the opening Test against Pakistan at Lord`s last week.

But the left-hander, who has scored four centuries in his 16 Tests to date and averages 40.2, said that he had to be ready to cop criticism.

"That`s the position of being a professional sportsman," he said.

"I don`t look at it and be too unhappy about it," he added.

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