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Australia to stick with Marcus North against India

cricket Updated: Aug 05, 2010 15:57 IST

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Struggling middle-order batsman Marcus North will retain his place in the Australian team for the two Tests in India in October, chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said on Thursday.

North's poor return of 36 runs in four innings in the recent series against Pakistan in England has him under pressure to keep his place in Ricky Ponting's side ahead of the home Ashes series with England later this year.

North, batting at number six, has been dismissed 12 times in single figures in his 28 Test innings.

But Hilditch said his panel believed the West Australian left-hander had plenty to offer the Australian side and he would retain his place for the coming two Tests in India.

"All players in international cricket are under pressure to perform at all times," Hilditch told reporters.

"With respect to Marcus we would really be hoping that he's a long-term player in the Australian side.

"He's a very experienced cricketer and we're going to lose some experience in the next six months to two years, so if he was playing really well and gave us some experience, that would be our ideal outcome.

"But Marcus would be aware as any cricketer is that he needs to perform well and obviously his consistency is something that we'd be looking for him to improve."