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New Langer regime has North on outer
New Langer regime has North on outer

Little over two years after he scored his fifth Test century, Marcus North's future as a Warrior has been thrown into doubt by his axing as a Sheffield Shield bats- man.

And former Warrior Luke Pomersbach will continue his resurgence when he makes his shield debut for Queensland against his old team at the Gabba on Monday.

North's decline reached its lowest point this week when he was dropped from the team to play the Bulls to make way for returning international Adam Voges.

Shaun Marsh will also return after playing two Twenty20 games for Australia against Sri Lanka.

The presence of the two internationals and Mike Hussey meant there was no place for the 33-year-old North in a team looking to expose more young players, but coach Justin Langer believes the left-hander still has much to offer.

"It's a hard decision to make to drop a veteran and a great contributor to WA cricket, but the door is still very much open for Marcus to return to the Warriors," he said.

"The experience and talent that Marcus brings is valuable to any team and we are looking forward to seeing him regaining his form in the coming weeks."

North played 21 Tests during a two-year period leading into the last Ashes series, but has produced the leanest shield season of his 14-year career this summer with just 185 runs at 15.42.

He has already been dropped from the WA one-day team, which plays the Bulls today, after producing 97 runs in four games.

North quit as WA captain in October after the Perth Scorchers' dire Champions League campaign in South Africa where the team's off-field drinking overshadowed their mediocre performances.

Langer has already started to shape the squad for next season.

He is eager for Hussey to play on, has seen senior batsman Travis Birt leave to play as a T20 specialist and is likely to oversee the departure of at least one senior paceman in coming weeks.

Langer said the experience and example displayed by Voges and Marsh made them important parts of his bid to revive WA's fortunes.

The WA selectors - Langer, new talent manager Brett Jones and Wayne Clark - named a 13-man squad for the Gabba.

Spinner Michael Beer could not be considered because of a shoulder injury.

Queensland coach Darren Lehmann offered Pomersbach a lifeline last year after his WA career imploded in a welter of off-field troubles. The powerful left-hander had an outstanding Big Bash League campaign with Brisbane Heat this summer.

  • SQUAD *

Adam Voges (capt), Liam Davis, Marcus Harris, Shaun Marsh, Mike Hussey, John Rogers, Sam Whiteman, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Michael Hogan, Hilton Cartwright, Simon Mackin (two to be omitted).