Derbyshire sign Marcus North as second overseas player
Derbyshire have signed former Australia batsman Marcus North as their second overseas player for the upcoming season.
Last Updated: 04/04/14 5:09pm
The county snapped up the 34-year-old following his announcement that he was retiring from first-class cricket in his home country after a 17-year career with Western Australia.
North finished the 2013/14 campaign as the leading run-scorer in the Sheffield Shield but had a tragic time off the field as his brother died in a car accident in November.
Left-hander North played 21 Tests, two one-day internationals and one Twenty20 for Australia, scoring five Test centuries, including 117 on his debut against South Africa in Johannesburg in February 2009.
He has been working on a business plan which is based in the UK and as a result he will also make a return to Derbyshire after a short spell with the club in 2006, during which he scored 465 runs in three first-class matches, with two centuries and an average of 93.
North will add international experience to the Derbyshire batting line-up in all formats of the game during Shivnarine Chanderpaul's periods of unavailability, with West Indies due to play Test series against New Zealand in June and Bangladesh in September.
Elite performance director Graeme Welch said: "To have a player of Marcus' experience and calibre joining us is massive for the squad.
"I captained Marcus when he played for us in 2006 and the class he showed with his batting was unbelievable."
North said: "I am delighted to be coming back to Derbyshire. I really enjoyed my stint there a few years back under Graeme Welch, so I am excited to be working with him again.
"I've enjoyed arguably one of my best seasons in Australia, so the opportunity to play this specific role for Derbyshire was very exciting and has come at the perfect time in my career."