North quits after ill-fated Champions League campaign

FORMER Australian Test batsman Marcus North has quit as captain of Western Australia and the Perth Scorchers following his return from the Scorchers' ill-fated Champions League campaign.

But North, who was skipper for six years, said he was stepping down more because of his lack of form rather than because of ill discipline from some players.

"The reality is we have played in only two T20 finals in that time, so I have not enjoyed the success everyone associated with WA cricket would have hoped," he said.

"My decision was based on a number of things, but form is a big one for me.

"If I don't make runs in the next game then I probably don't deserve to be in the team after that, so something had to give."

North said he would still be playing as a batsman for his state and looked forward to doing his bit for whoever took over as skipper. Mike Hussey will be the interim captain.

Meanwhile, Shaun Marsh has been stood down from WA's Sheffield Shield side to face Victoria in Melbourne starting Thursday.

Marsh, dropped from the Scorchers' final Champions League game because of a discipline breach, was told to play grade cricket instead.


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