Marcus North has plenty to think about

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Marcus North awaits the ball with his name on it

Watching England bowl on a wearing Adelaide pitch, it was apparent that while batting might not be treacherous, there is plenty for the batsmen to think about.

The ball turns from certain spots, tempting gaps are left and when even Paul Collingwood can prove dangerous, you know you’ve got to have your wits about you. Where can you score? Where can you score safely?

Michael Clarke and Mike Hussey generally got their thinking right, but Marcus North is in first thing in the morning and it might be more difficult for him.

We wrote about how Australia are becoming depressed over at The Wisden Cricketer. We don’t mean clinically; we mean there’s an increasing tendency to dwell on the negative. The negatives get out of proportion and it skews their overall view of things, leading to poor decisions.

Marcus North has reason to dwell on the negatives because there’s been talk of dropping him for as long as anyone can remember.

North will be thinking ‘I can score here’ and ‘I could get out here’ when he surveys the field, but then he’ll also think about what it might mean should he get out. That’s counterproductive. When he’s thinking that, he’s not weighing up the field and the bowling.

The only way Marcus North can affect whether he gets dropped or not is by concentrating on the matter in hand, but that’s easier said than done.

Incidentally, anyone who isn’t starting their day by catching up with the previous night’s through-the-night thread needs to take a long, hard look at themselves.


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  1. Marcus North will have precisely one ball to consider his career as Pietersen goes on to complete his hat-trick, and the match is all over by lunchtime. There will be a parade of baby badgers.
    Tight But Loose has seen the vision.
    I’m just filling in the unlikely details.

  2. i think the big question is how long can matt prior continue with that ridiculous beard.

    he looks like he’s stuck his face in a barrel full of badgers.

  3. australia played a hobbling Katich over any other opener. It shows there is no one the selectors think is better than the ones in the playing XI. North has nothing to fear. HE can go out and fail with absolutely nothing to fear

  4. This is fast becoming one of the most badger-heavy threads in existence. Tea and cake for everyone!

    I have seen the vision – and England will wrap this test up in the first innings, if only so I can actually sleep in my bed rather than fall asleep on the couch and wake up smelling faintly of apple vodka.

    It will be good to watch the battle of the part time spinners – although as JF rightly points out, it won’t last for very long with KP’s huge spinning hands.

  5. TBL – they will wrap up the match in the first innings?

    That would be extraordinary.

    “You built a time machine…out of a DeLorean?

  6. “May you live in interesting times”

    Ok, not so interesting that we win in the first innings, but let’s say just interesting enough for us to win in the first session tonight.

    Apologies I am plainly sobering up and this is affecting me

  7. Most of the team are stuck in the ‘denial’ phase, although a few of them look like they are hitting ‘anger’.

    Look for the ‘bargaining’ to begin towards the end of the Perth test. I think it will take until day 4 of the Melbourne test to hit ‘depression’. By then the selectors will hopefully have ‘acceptance’ of the fact that most of the team need to be put to the sword. Starting with punter.

    Katich when he’s fit to bat would be a good captain otherwise we could probably do worse than promote one of the more competent shield captains. Only then can the team halt the decline and start winning again.

  8. King cricket, can I please remind you of your posts over the last few years concerning the strength and depth of Australian cricket. Would you care to reappraise your claims?

  9. Nope. They’re creating an environment where good players can’t perform – that’s our point.

    Also, North was not the best number six batsman available to Australia when he was brought into the side. He was picked cause he bowls a bit of spin. That he’s got a few hundreds and a fair-to-decent Test record confirms our belief that there is depth to Australia’s batting pool.

  10. It’s 8am there and it’s 20 degrees already.
    Only a few little green showers on the radar – perhaps it’s linked into Bert’s orange snow from last night.

    It’s minus 8 here.
    Duvet, leccy blanket AND PJs tonight.

  11. I wouldn’t trust a Liensk Cossack with anything.

    Tight – I’m worried that in the 6 yard voyage to my fridge I may miss a wicket. Tell me when there is an opportune gap in the collapse coming up please.

  12. I’ve dug myself out from under the duvet to join in agian!
    keep drinking Tight!
    you foresaw it

  13. Pavan, they’ve just brought that up on the obo at guardianland. 1993, when Curtly ripped the aussies asunder.

    Big fan of badgers, CEL Ambrose

  14. Tight – oh visionary seer – you foresaw it.
    Now go and wake up the wife and tell her the good news

  15. was asking about england beating australia by an innings. But the thought of ambrose ripping through australia brings smiles.

    Also, to all the cricket loving, badger hating, vodka drinking, insomniacs, cheers on the victory 🙂

  16. @String

    was asking about england beating australia by an innings. But the thought of ambrose ripping through australia brings smiles.

    Also, to all the cricket loving, badger hating, vodka drinking, insomniacs, cheers on the victory

    P.S. I hope the video umpire doesn’t mind 🙂

  17. Daisy awake and seriously cheered up.

    Ged also awake and wondering whether to finish this rather large glass of wine – think I shall.

    Rain about 1 hour away from Adelaide methinks, but who cares now?

  18. JF – I should not have clicked the oh so inviting badger link at work. That may have been a mistake…

    Ged your Venn is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen

  19. There’s something immensely pleasing about the phrase ‘Commemorative Victory Venn’ – and the Venn itself more than matches up to its promise.

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