North to use Sheffield Shield to secure his position in Oz team

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Sydney, Jan 19 (ANI): Out of form Australian batsman Marcus North has said that he is the right man to bat at No.6 for the national squad, and hopes some Sheffield Shield form will help secure his Test spot for next month's series in New Zealand.

After starting his Test career in flying form last year in South Africa, North only managed 41 runs in four innings against Pakistan.

The 30-year-old is confident that he can turn his form around through the upcoming Shield matches for WA to ensure he heads to New Zealand in February, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

"I think I've proven that (I should be the Test No.6) against South Africa and England, and showed glimpses against the West Indies, so I feel that I'm the man and that I bring good balance to the side with my bowling, even though I didn't get much of a go at (it) this summer," North said.

"I just want to go back to make some runs and hopefully make sure I'm on the New Zealand tour. I would have liked to definitely score more runs. The series against the West Indies wasn't too bad, but Pakistan was pretty disappointing and lean for me," he said.

North has the support of captain Ricky Ponting and the selectors, which leaves him confident that he can turn his form around just like Western Australia teammate Michael Hussey did after he came into the summer as the Australian batsman under the pump.

"It's always nice to be supported publicly. I know that I have the backing of my teammates and the skipper behind the change-room door, but for it to be said in the media is quite nice. The good thing is that they (the selectors) are backing me as well," North said. (ANI)

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