Veteran Australian batsman North has represented a third of England and Wales' first-class counties during his career.
Following stints with Durham, Lancashire, Derbyshire, Gloucestershire and Hampshire, he signed a two-year deal with Glamorgan ahead of the 2012 season.
By then, North's Test career, which featured 21 appearances in a 22-month period from February 2009, appeared to be over.
He compiled five centuries for Australia in the premier form of the game, but was on the wrong end of two Ashes defeats at the hands of England.
Although batting is North's forte - he is an organised left-hander favouring substance over style - his off-spin bowling should not be underestimated.
Indeed, he gained a place on the Lord's honours board when returning 6-55 against Pakistan at Lord's in 2010.
North also holds the dubious honour of being the only Australian to take a wicket in England's famous second innings at Brisbane later that year.
He accounted for touring captain Andrew Strauss before England declared on a scarcely-believable total of 517 for one.