North quashes reports
Batsman claims stories are 'scraping the barrel'
Last Updated: 04/11/10 9:22am
North: Dismissed reports
Marcus North has totally dismissed reports of deep divisions in the Australia team over Michael Clarke's captaincy.
"Yesterday the feeling in the media is who can replace North and then the next minute I'm being touted as Australian captain."
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Clarke had been seen as the natural successor to Ricky Ponting, with the all-rounder filling in by leading the Twenty20 and one-day sides.
However reports have claimed several players are unhappy with Clarke and that North is in line to become Australia's Test captain.
North, though, has quashed the stories that have emerged following Australia's humiliating one-wicket loss to Sri Lanka in yesterday's one-day international at the MCG.
"What I've woken up and read this morning is completely unfounded," he said. "I've never seen it.
"I must be playing in another cricket team if that's a fact.
"Yesterday the feeling in the media is who can replace North and then the next minute I'm being touted as Australian captain.
"In an Ashes summer you can expect a bit of hype and a few stories but I think we're scraping the barrel there a bit."
North has steered clear of saying whether he would be interested in the captaincy by backing the role played by Clarke in the absence of Ponting.
"Obviously Ricky's here to stay for a number of years yet and Michael Clarke's been the one that's being groomed as the next captain," he said.
"When he has taken over from Ricky he's been very, very good at leading the side, it's something that certainly doesn't enter my thinking at all.
"It's a bit of humour to me. It's just another story, it will be forgotten about tomorrow."