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Created on 01 December 2010 Written by Adwait Kulkarni (Admin)
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Published on 01 December 2010

Last summer’s painful series loss in England will be the only inspiration the Australian players as they attempt to regain the urn this winter. Marcus North has expressed his determination to put right the wrongs from last year’s defeat, “It would've been disappointing having that experience in 2009 and not being able to have some sort of impact on winning the Ashes back.”

The Ashes betting odds suggest that North can count himself somewhat lucky to still be in the Australian side after his disappointing season. Despite averaging 37 in his 19 Tests, including five centuries, North came close to being dropped at several points this year.
North saved his place with a gutsy 128 in the second Test of the series loss in India, another century for Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield secured his place in the Ashes line-up. The pressure will still be on North to score runs, even more so with young uncapped batsman Usman Khawaja sniffing around the squad.
North knows his place in the side is never secure though, “I've never taken playing for Australia for granted at any stage of my career and I certainly haven't done that in the last couple of weeks.”
The Australian’s middle order has come under plenty of criticism from those looking at the Cricket betting prices recently. The pressure will be firmly on North, Mike Hussey and Michael Clarke when the series starts to start scoring some big runs. England will be looking at the Aussie’s line-up and will be focusing on getting on top of this middle order at the first possible chance.{jcomments on}


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