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Marcus North returns to Durham as Director of Cricket

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Former Australia batsman Marcus North will mark his return to Durham County Cricket Club, this time as their Director of Cricket, it was announced on Friday (September 21).

Cricbuzz had earlier in the week reported that North had emerged as a strong contender to take over from Geoff Cook, who is set to leave the club after a 27-year association. North has spent the last three years as the Chief Executive at South Northumberland Cricket Club and will start his new role on October 1.

"I'm excited to have been given the opportunity to come back to Durham and I am looking forward to working with the very talented young squad of players and staff," the 39-year-old said of his appointment. "International and First-Class Cricket has been a major part of my life and this role allows me to utilise my experience and skills in a different capacity."

"With the season concluding next week It is the perfect time to review current strategies. It is paramount we create an environment that challenges and supports this squad, in delivering progression and consistent performances in all forms of the game, to ensure we develop a successful squad that we are proud of," North added.

North was Durham's overseas signing in 2004, a season where he notched up four centuries with a highest score of 219 against Glamorgan. Of his five international centuries for Australia, in his short-lived Test career, two were against England in the 2009 Ashes. During his career spanning 16 years, North amassed 20,832 runs over all forms including 46 centuries and 251 wickets.

North featured for as many as six English counties during his decorated playing career. He also played in the NEPL for Gateshead Fell and South Northumberland and went on to be appointed the Chief Executive of the latter in 2015. He enjoyed back-to-back titles and a National T20 trophy win during his time with the Bulls.

Tim Bostock, the Durham CCC Chief Executive, was delighted to welcome North on board. "I've known Marcus for a number of years and he was the outstanding candidate following our thorough recruitment process. Marcus has the perfect balance of vast cricket experience from the elite playing side combined with shrewd business sense from his previous Chief Executive role," he said.

"We're very confident that Marcus will drive the club forward and help us achieve our ambitions on the pitch. His role will oversee all cricket activities, recruitment, contracts, players, scouting and developments together with the support functions, which all contribute towards creating a high-performance culture at Durham in the future." Bostock concluded.

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