Western Australia have an excellent chance to secure a spot in the Sheffield Shield table after soaring to top spot following their win over NSW.
Western Australia coach Justin Langer is confident Marcus North will re-sign with the Warriors, saying the star batsman has plenty more to offer the team.
North is the leading run scorer in Sheffield Shield ranks this season, plundering 832 runs at an average of 92.44.
The 34-year-old’s output is in stark contrast to last summer, where a lean run with the bat resulted in his relegation to club ranks.
North’s resurgence as an opener has been a key factor in WA’s shock rise to top spot on the Sheffield Shield table.
The left-hander comes out of contract at the end of the season, but Langer is confident his good friend will resist the temptation to move interstate.
“I’m sure he’ll be a very valuable member of West Australian cricket for a long time to come, unless he wants to retire,” Langer said on Monday.
“I think he’s got so much to offer.
“You judge someone’s character by the way they come back from adversity.
“He went from being the West Australian captain, to being dropped from the side.
“And then bounced back to be the leading run scorer this year.
“His example to the young players has been inspirational.”
North followed his knock of 69 with figures of 3-9 with the ball to lead the Warriors to an eight-wicket victory over NSW on Sunday.
WA and South Australia are tied on 26 points, while NSW are just two points adrift in a tight finish to the Shield season.
Langer said the confidence gained from a recent run of Shield wins plus the Perth Scorchers’ BBL title had given the Warriors vital belief in their quest for a finals berth.
WA’s next assignment is a day-night Shield fixture against Queensland, starting at the Gabba on March 3.
Each day of the match will start at 1.30pm local time, with a bright pink ball to be used in an experiment that could eventually lead to day-night Test cricket being introduced.